By Accommodation Times News Services
The government of Maharashtra has awarded additional six-month time to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to revise the development plan (DP) for the Mumbai city. BMC had argued that they require more time to revise, rectify and prepare the new draft plan to republish it for suggestions and objections of citizens.
On BMC’s request the Maharashtra cabinet cleared a proposal to amend norms permitting the state to grant an extension for such a rectification. Highly placed sources said that the BMC, that had earlier been directed to publish the revised draft by August, had plans to seek another six-month extension.
The Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, (MRTP) 1966, did not contain provisions permitting the state to grant such an extension. The cabinet Tuesday agreed to revise the Act to incorporate the provision. Ironically, the Cabinet also had to amend norms for regularizing Fadnavis’s April directive to revise the DP. Existing MRTP norms contained no provision allowing the state to issue any such directive at the draft DP stage.
The Cabinet also cleared another proposal for modification in norms permitting town planning authorities an additional year to acquire land reserved for public purpose in development plans and regional plans. The Indian Express had highlighted the government’s plan in this regard on July 30.