Mumbai, India: In order to formulate Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) development plan (DP), the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) has launched a programme to invite the public to check the existing land use (ELU) pattern in their neighbourhood.
UDRI has initiated a public participatory process and invited citizens to support the civic body in its preparation of the new DP. The institute is already running a campaign, Plan Your Mumbai. “We will ask the state to issue a public notice and invite suggestions from the public so that mistakes in ELU document can be reconciled. So far, there are 1,200 sites subverted in the ELU plan,” said Pankaj Joshi, executive director, UDRI.
Joshi said citizens were expected to identify the DP deficiencies in their neighbourhood and ward. The civic body would then be asked to revise the ELU so that a correct base map for planning purposes was prepared by the BMC.
Some of the discrepancies found by an ELU survey, conducted by a civic body-appointed consortium and based on information obtained through an RTI Act plea, were that the boundaries of most wards were changed, heritage buildings were marked but not graded, industrial land parcels were marked as commercial or eastern waterfronts and the Worli fort—a listed heritage monument—had disappeared.