New DP to give more open space to city, says Devendra Fadnavis

The state government on Tuesday, while answering questions about open spaces in the new development plan (DP) in the legislative assembly, said that the plan will only increase open spaces in city.

“There will be more open spaces in city. There is not doubt about it. Also, there will be transparency in the preparation of the development plan,” said chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, while replying to a question related to open space reservation in the new development plan during question hour that was raised by Bandra (West) MLA Ashish Shelar. The new development plant for 2014-34 is in the drafting stage. Citizens have been critical of the draft plan and even of the revised one that was recently published.

Fadnavis stated that as such the matter was not with the state government at present and with the municipal body. It is in the process of asking suggestions and objections. Once those are incorporated, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation will make a final plan and send it to the state government for approval. “We will ask the BMC to have as much transparency in the process as possible,” said Fadnavis.

The chief minister stated that a number of objections raised by citizens of places not being marked in the development plan was due to their misinformation. “Places like Haji Ali, or other places are mentioned in land use plan. That is separate,” said Fadnavis. He added that directions were given to mention Koliwada and other places too.

However, last week several organisations had taken out a protest march at Azad Maidan because the “revised” development plan was riddled with errors. During the protest, participants alleged that of the 189 gaothans and 38 Koliwadas in Mumbai, only 52 gaothans and 22 Koliwadas had been marked and Adivasi padas were completely out of the scene.

Members also wanted to know if the government has done any survey on 3,000 hectare of land to know how much of it is encroached and on which it plans a number of things. “There are a lot of places where there is encroachment and slums and it was said that it is open space,” said Yogesh Sagar, MLA from Kandivli.

“The survey has been done but not available,” said Fadnavis. As per the written reply, of the total land under no development zone, 3,000 hectare land can be used for development purposes as per development plan.

Of these 25 per cent will be for open spaces, eight per cent for social welfare centers, 25 per cent for composite housing, 34 per cent for private development among others. With respect to SRA, the written reply stated that both the 1991 development plan and the new one has provisions of slum rehabilitation schemes being implemented on open spaces.