Mumbai’s Development Plan will take longer to see the light of day. Civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, which is preparing an inventory of its own properties has got a further extension till May 31, 2016, to come up with its blueprint, which was to be originally published in 2014. The earlier deadline to revise the plan was August 2015. Subsequently, the deadline had been extended earlier till February 2016.
Earlier, in April 2015, when the draft proposal had been submitted, it drew a lot of flak because of the mistakes in mapping the existing land use plan. For example, heritage structures were missing or their use had been wrongly detailed. Again, roads which do not exist were detailed in the plan. The government was also criticized because the plan allowed increased FSI (Floor Space Index) in areas which were already congested. The government admitted that there were major errors in the plan and told the BMC to take corrective action. That’s when the revised deadline of February 2016 had been fixed.
Now, according to reports, the deadline has been extended by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The Development plan will cover the following areas: higher FSI, introduction of Transit Oriented Development, introduction of Zonal FSI, Local Area Plans, Inclusionary Housing, multiple use of open spaces and environmental sustainability.