MUMBAI: Residents of the posh Juhu Vile Parle Development (JVPD) scheme, which is home to several Bollywood celebrities, are peeved by the draft Development Plan (DP) 2034. According to the land use zoning done, the entire area has been given a commercial residential (CR) tag despite it primarily being a residential zone.
Residents fear that the commercial tag is likely to encourage tremendous commercial activities in the otherwise quiet neighborhood, thus turning the whole area into a noisy zone. To discuss the issue, several residents of the area met at a club in Juhu on Thursday evening.
The JVPD scheme is home to Bollywood actors like Shatrughan Sinha, Hema Malini, Anil Kapoor and Paresh Rawal. While superstar Amitabh Bachchan is known to reside in the vicinity, residents have said his bungalow comes under the Residential category.
Architect and resident Nitin Killawala, a member of the JVPD Association, said that in erstwhile Bombay, when this town planning scheme was implemented, this area was always designated as residential. "The area has around 700 residential plots. Since we already have a separate commercial zone on 5th road and dedicated plots for education facilities as well as recreational areas, what is the need to add a commercial tag to it? We do have a few commercial establishments like doctors' clinics in our area, but primarily we are a residential zone. We fear that this new CR tag would create a lot of clamour in the area, making it unharmonious for residents living here," said Killawala, who has been living in JVPD scheme for the last six decades.
Architect P K Das, who lives in vicinity, says that the draft DP 2034 seems to be out to kill residential areas. "The fear of the residents is that commercial establishments would dominate the area. Any kind of commercial establishment may come up at on a floor of a multistoried building or a bungalow easily. This would in turn affect the social fabric of the area and the peaceful manner in which the residents now live," said Das.
Residents questioned the need of the authorities to change the demographics of the area. Sherely Singh, a JVPD resident and activist, said that these blanket decisions for the city are totally uncalled for. "We fear a Linking Road kind of a situation in our area, which is so well planned out. The thought process that has gone into tagging our area first as commercial and then residential cannot be understood. The needs of a purely residential area and a commercial residential area under which we have been tagged in the draft DP are different. It differs in every possible way, even in the manner in which garbage is accumulated and picked up," said Singh.