MUMBAI: Thousands of citizens flooded the civic administration with letters even on the last day of submission for suggestions and objections with regards to the controversial draft Development Plan (DP) 2034. The civic officials were seen stamping and acknowledging several copies of letters till Friday evening.
The BMC has received around 50,000 letters till date, with a large chunk coming in in the last two days. The suggestions and objections will be sent to the Sion office of the DP department. "Going through the letters should not be a tedious task as in several cases, the objections have been repeated," said an official.
In a related development, the municipal commissioner's office has received the circular from the state to rework and republish the draft DP 2034. A senior BMC official said the work would be done on priority basis as the revised DP has been be completed in four months. "Support staff might also be provided so that work on correcting the errors is completed in time. The suggestions/objections would not be looked at ward-wise, but according to the CTS (cadastral survey) number of the property to which an objection has been received," said the official.
The circular was issued after the chief minister on Tuesday directed the BMC to check the reported errors in the draft DP and correct them on merit. After the draft is corrected in the legal way, based on merit, it will again be brought before the BMC general body for approval. The draft DP will then be republished for suggestions and objections from citizens.
The government resolution, which the BMC has received, states that the chief secretary-led committee appointed to look into the draft DP 2034 found many errors in it. The committee asked the BMC to look at the existing land condition on merit and then put reservations; there were instances in the draft development plan where reservations where put on a plot where permission for development had already been granted.
"The legal framework provides that once you publish the draft DP 2034, the suggestions/objections should be considered. In this case, once it is republished, suggestions and objections would again be called for. But it is too preliminary to speak about it and we are still to study the order thoroughly," said a civic official.