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