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Mumbai Development Plan – Critical Deliverables Unmet

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

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Land Use plan to be updated

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION FOR REVISION OF THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR GREATER MUMBAI 2014-2034

Dear All,

The UDRI thanks you all for your positive response and for volunteering your valuable time and energy to participate in the process of the development plan revision.

As reported in the media the Municipal Commissioner in his meeting with the UDRI on October 17 has promised to release updated ELU plans after the 20th of October. He has also said that these plans will be made available at each Ward office and that the MCGM will create a dedicated email ID for feedback from the public on the Existing Land Use Plan.

The UDRI intends to hold a meeting with all of the volunteering groups and individuals across the city and will do this once the updated ELU plan has been released by the MCGM as promised by the Municipal Commissioner. We will keep you posted via email regarding the date and venue for this meeting.

In the meantime those of you who would like to continue to work on crosschecking the available ELU and need to have a higher resolution ELU plan (pdf format soft file) for particular areas or want a list of the errors found by UDRI in your area are welcome to write in to us requesting the details required and we will get this across to you.


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”Lapses in the Land Use Plan”

Improvements panel chief acknowledges discrepancies

by Kunal Purohit

Published in  Hindustan Times,  Oct  7, 2012

MUMBAI: Taking note of a series of reports carried by Hindustan Times over the discrepancies in the BMC’s existing land use (ELU) survey, chairman of the civic improvements committee Ram Barot has asked the department to submit a report on the inconsistencies.

Expressing concern at the micro-level discrepancies as well as macro-level issues such as leaving slums out, Barot has now demanded that the survey findings be opened up for public scrutiny. Barot’s comments are significant as the committee he heads will be instrumental in approving all the DP-related happenings.

“There are some glaring discrepancies in the civic body’s ELU and the development plan (DP) department needs to submit a report and list out the reason for each of the 1,200 discrepancies,” Barot said.

“I will write to civic chief Sitaram Kunte asking him to ensure that locals can participate in the process of scrutinising the land use survey. It is not humanly possible for a group of engineers or consultants to vet the findings of such a pancity survey,” said Barot, who is also a BJP corporator.

The civic improvements committee is in charge of all landrelated issues and consists of 26 corporators. The committee also approves expenditure to implement the DP.

Barot said that slums should have been mapped by the ELU survey. “You cannot leave out 60% of the city’s population out of a plan that will last for 20 years,” he said.

Stating that the UDRI’s findings on shrinking open spaces were shocking, Barot said there seemed to be “serious lapses in the way these features have been counted”.