[ecis2016.org] The report on the revised Development Plan for Mumbai, has proposed scrapping of the zoning of ‘No Development Zones’ and replace it with two Special Development Zones, paving the way for these lands to be used for the development of affordable housing, civic amenities and other infrastructural projects
The report on the revised Development Plan (DP) for 2034, for Mumbai, has done away with the controversial zoning of ‘No Development Zones’ (NDZ) and has, instead, categorised this land as Special Development Zone-I and II, paving way for it to be opened up for the development of affordable housing and civic amenities.
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The six-member planning committee of the BMC, tasked with looking into the objections and recommendations for the DP, submitted its report to outgoing Mayor Snehal Ambekar, on March 6, 2017. This revised DP draft report was submitted after this panel, appointed by the state government, proposed as many as 2,245 changes, after including people’s suggestions and recommendations. This draft was in the public domain since May 2016 and the panel began hearing the concerns of the citizens from November 16, 2016.
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The NDZ lands, which have been divided into two categories – Special Development Zones I and II – will be opened up for redevelopment, mostly for affordable housing, civic amenities and other infrastructural projects. This implies that areas now marked as NDZs, will no longer be restricted areas or protected from development.
The salient features of the revised draft Development Plan 2034, according to a statement issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), proposes to increase the affordable housing stock by 2034, by providing an FSI of 4. Besides, three zones have been added to the earlier five in the city, to demarcate its landscape, namely, Port’s Operational Zone (POZ), Port’s Water Front Development Zone (PWFDZ) and Green Zone (GZ).
The report has also recommended that the proposed car shed for the metro rail within Aarey Colony be allowed, despite opposition from the Shiv Sena, which said that it will create imbalance in the eco-sensitive area. The Shiv Sena’s two outgoing corporators, Trushna Vishwas Rao and Yashodhan Phanse, who were members of the committee, however, opposed the construction of the metro car shed at Aarey.
The mayor will hand over the report to the municipal commissioner, who will then submit the revised draft DP, along with this report, to the general body of the newly-formed civic house in the next meeting. Earlier, the civic body had prepared a development plan in 2015. However, it was scrapped by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, after it received flak from all the sections of the society, forcing the BMC to come up with a revised draft plan.
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