After BMC enforced the new development plan in Mumbai, some urban planners have written a letter to municipal commissioner informing about their issues on the same. In the letter written by Urban Planner Akhtar Chauhan and Architect David Cardos, it is mentioned that the revised development plan by civic body has some errors in allotment of plots, which should be corrected.
One of the crucial errors planners pointed out is that some plots have been marked on nullahs. Planners fear that these nullahs would be considered as land available for development. For instance, the letter mentions that plots have been marked on Mogara nullah at Andheri West and near Anik Depot in Chembur.
“The mistakes may appear to be an oversight but we have to ensure that the open spaces and natural reserves are protected. The commissioner has the power to correct these errors and they should be done,” Mid-Day quoted Akhtar Chauhan as saying.
Moreover, the letter also says that some open spaces has been marked as traffic island in the development plan. “If an open space is marked as a traffic island, then tomorrow it’s dimensions can be modified if a road has to be widened”, Pankaj Joshi, a conservation architect and executive officer told Mid-Day.
In response, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta said that the errors made in the plan are being rectified. In case of open spaces, however, Mehta said that there are no errors in marking them. “If traffic islands are marked as gardens then the process of changing its dimensions for a road-widening project becomes long. It was a conscious decision to mark the traffic islands the way it has been done,” he said.