Here is a link to an interesting news report about the nature of GIS Data deemed public, following from a case in Orange County:
Here Ajit Ranade, Chief Economist, Birla Group, speaks to IBN Lokmat on the need to provide for broadband infrastructure to make the 2014 Mumbai Development Plan inclusive in every sense of the word
Former Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Jamsheed Kanga offers critical inputs regarding the 2014 Mumbai Development Plan
Urban planning expert Sulakshna Mahajan explains why public participation is critical to an equitable development plan for Mumbai
This is a more detailed version of the previous report
This is a report aired on IBN Lokmat in June 2013 explaining what the Development Plan means for the city of Mumbai.
Over 40 city stakeholders met with Rahul Shewale, Standing Committee Chairman (SCC) and officials from the DP department. Here in brief are important decisions taken at the meeting.
1. DP officials assured that the revised schedule for all the remaining deliverables will be uploaded by the MCGM on the website latest by next week.
2. DP dept assured the SCC that the final ELU will be completed by May 30, 2013 and uploaded on the MCGM website within a week from now along with the action taken report on each of the submitted comments.
3. Three additional deliverables such as Existing Situation Analysis (ESA) Growth Scenarios, and Vision for the city will be completed by June 15, 2013.
4. After June 22,2013 public consultation workshops will be held. These workshops would be held through all the wards.
5.Meeting with local Councillors will be held once the ESA is published to brief them about the DP process.
6.Slums have to be mapped and every person should benefit and be involved in the DP process. SCC said that we cannot exclude 70% of the population from the planning process.
7. Meeting will be scheduled with the State Government (UD Secretary, CMO) SCC, Improvements Committee, DP Department, MMRDA to address the technical issues faced in the inclusion of SPA areas in the Development Plan for Mumbai.
8. All Additional Municipal Commissioners in charge of other MCGM Departments such as Education, Health, SWD, HE, SWM, SO, SP, MSDP, P&D, PPP, M&E, Road and Traffic, Bridges, etc. need to be involved proactively in the DP revision process.
9. It was assured that all data with all layers will be uploaded on the website in PDF format for public scrutiny. It will be given to all ward offices and a helpdesk will be activated at all ward offices.
10. It was assured that regular meetings with the SCC and Improvements committee chairman for periodic monitoring and compliance of the above points.
As many of you are aware, on March 30, 2013, the deadline for the public responses to the Existing Land Use plan prepared by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation ended. We appreciate the BMC’s decision to extend the deadline three times so that more people could participate in the verification process. We are sure this will help towards making
the Mumbai Development Plan 2014 open, equitable and efficient.
However, the Urban Design Research Institute is concerned about the fate of certain critical
deliverables. The 23 deliverables had been committed to by Groupe SCE Pvt Ltd, consultants to the DP project, in the contract.
Barring the first 4, the rest have not been adhered to. Some of these deadlines have lapsed by nearly a year, which the UDRI would like to draw attention to.
*Workshop-1 & Workshop-2 – July 2012 & Sept 2012
Two consultation workshops were scheduled with stakeholders, including key MCGM departments, NGOs and concerned citizens, in keeping with the public participatory nature of the DP. When the UDRI raised this in an RTI, it was told it would be held post completion of the ELU. We fear in the hurry to meet the deadline for the final submission these Crucial workshops may be done away with.
*Deliverable 5 – Report of Existing Status along with thematic maps – February 2012
This analysis of the existing usage of land is important because it forms a basis for formulating a future plan for the city of Mumbai. Without knowing how the land is being used currently, it will be impossible to arrive at a credible Proposed Land Use plan, which is the final step.
*Deliverable 7 – Report on Development Plan Vision & Guiding Principles along with Objectives of DP – September 2012
The UDRI had, over the last year, sent to the MCGM a series of letters by experts and stakeholders outlining the guiding principles for the DP process. The UDRI would like to know how the MCGM plans to incorporate these recommendations.
*Working Paper-8 – Consolidated Report on Proposed Land Use & DCR – February 2013
*Report on Phasing Plan Implementation, Estimates of Cost of Implementation and Financing Plan – February 2013
With the MCGM losing an important revenue stream like octroi, this report is important as it will spell out how the MCGM plans to raise finances to fund the next 20 years of the DP.
Given that these deadlines have lapsed, the UDRI wants to know if the MCGM will come up with a revised timeline to ensure these deliverables are met with.
Also, how and when the new timeline will be shared with the public to enable their participation which is important to make the DP process truly representative.
We would like to hear your suggestions on how we can create greater awareness about these lapses in the public, as well as raise these issues with the MCGM
“Informal settlements should be seen not as a problem but rather as a natural step toward the formation of vibrant metropolises…”
A timely and relevant perspective at a time when the slum demolitions in Golibar have dominated the newspapers in Mumbai
Here is a link to the latest and very useful Municipal Councillors Guide brought out by the NGO PRAJA Foundation