Mumbai : Corporators have alleged that the civic administration does not have a clear blueprint for rectifying mistakes in the Development Plan-2034 (DP) even though it has asked for an extension of six months for making changes. The corporators demanded further clarification about the BMC’s plan to revise the DP before they can hold a vote to sanction the extension.
Congress corporator Asif Zakeria demanded that the administration clarify if six months’ time will be sufficient to rectify mistakes made in the first draft of the DP that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis scrapped in April. Fadnavis had then given the BMC four months to rectify the mistakes, which gets over on August 21.
Zakeria pointed out that the last time, the BMC earned Rs 60 lakh through RTI applications filed by confused Mumbaikars when they heard of mistakes in the DP that concerned them.
Alarmed by the mistakes in the draft DP, citizens sought information from the civic body that earned money by providing them booklets of the DP reports, sheets and remarks. Zakeria said, “No one knows what this money was used for. The BMC hasn’t clarified if it will refund the money since the DP was scrapped. A similar situation will occur this time if all mistakes are not rectified.”
MNS corporator Sandeep Deshpande said there was no explanation about which part of the DP is being reworked. “The DP is divided into two parts — the DCR and the reservations. If both parts have been scrapped, rectifying all the mistakes will take longer than six months.”