Mumbai: Major goof-ups by BMC in new DP plan, marks plots in sea, nullahs

Mumbai: The BMC, while earmarking its new development plan (DP) plots, has made major goof ups. As per the DP, at least six plots around Haji Ali have been designated in the sea. Besides, two plots with a city survey number have been earmarked in the sea along Madh Island, while some plots in Mahul and Oshiwara have been designated in nullahs.

If that was not enough, even the sea colour and its natural water course has been altered; it has a different colour in almost all city maps in the eastern and western suburbs. In the map along the eastern coast, the sea is not even marked. With only a week left for sending suggestions and objections, the city-based Urban Design Research Institute has highlighted recurring errors in DP maps, demanding clarification from authorities.

“If it is an error, the authorities need to immediately rectify it and release a clarification. The implications of such errors are huge,” said Pankaj Joshi, director, UDRI. Citizens can send objections and suggestions for eastern suburbs maps till August 24. The BMC had uploaded the DP sheets (ward-wise maps) for the island city and the western and eastern suburbs on or to be studied within a month. The DP has been divided into two parts – the sanctioned (the one prepared after including the objections and suggestions) and the excluded part (EP).

The UDRI had also requested authorities to upload the entire map which includes both EP and the sanctioned part to gauge full implications. However, there has been no response to the request from the state department. The civic officials said these are clerical errors and will be rectified before August end. They have also asked citizens to not panic and take assistance of the help desk at their headquarters. “Citizens should not panic as these are clerical errors and will be rectified. We have found out nearly 5,000 clerical errors like wrong colour marking for residential and open spaces, traffic island, and areas marked in the sea. But all of these will be rectified,” said the senior official.

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