Citizens To Get Say On Modification In Mumbai Development Plan
Citizens of Mumbai will get one more chance to have a say in the finalisation of the new Mumbai Master Plan 2034 for the commercial capital’s development over the next two decades. With major modification proposed to Mumbai’s draft new development plan (DP 2034) and the development control (DC) regulations formulated for implementing the new plan, the Maharashtra government has decided not to approve these without gauging public opinion.
While Mumbai civic commissioner had published Mumbai’s much-delayed draft DP 2034, along with the new regulation, on May 27, 2016, senior sources told that a state-appointed planning committee, which had evaluated public suggestions and objections to the draft plan, had introduced a significant modification to the proposed regulations and the plan itself.
Later, the civic general body, which reviewed the committee’s report, introduced significant changes to the land use plans suggested in the draft. Put together, the committee and the general body, made over 2000 modifications to the draft plan alone.
On its part, the Chief Minister-led Urban Development (UD) department, too, has made its intention of revising the floor space index norm for certain developments, by proposing the modification to the existing DC 1991, even after the new draft plan and rules had been submitted to it for sanction.
Major changes have been proposed to the draft DP. Many of these deal with modification of a proposed reservation in the draft plan, insertion of a new reservation, zone change, and enhancing buildable area rights for plots.
On the day of the notification, the Deputy Director of Town Planning will publish a ‘draft excluded plan’ of the new DP, which would essentially include all the major modifications suggested to the draft plan, inviting public suggestions on it. While the first part of the new plan will come into force within a month of the issuance of the notification, the second part could take over six months, officials said.
While CM had earlier declared that he would sanction Mumbai’s new DP by March 31, 2018, it is now evident that the finalisation of the city’s new master plan will take a while.
While the civic commissioner’s draft plan had proposed unlocking of around 4,378 hectares of land, currently tagged as the no-development zone, for low-cost housing, the committee had recommended some modifications to the proposal. But sources said that even this modification is likely to be a part of the ‘draft excluded plan’.
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