Mumbai – The new Draft Development Plan has preferred to maintain open spaces in the city as the Development Plan Review Committee has reserved 4820.82-hectare land in the city for open spaces. The provision for 331 hectares (nearly 3.5 crore sqft) open space has been made by this committee which will add into more space for per person in the Draft Development Plan.
The State government had formed the expert committee to review the suggestions and objections to the Draft Development Plan for 2014-34. The committee included state government appointed three members namely senior bureaucrat Gautam Chatterjee, former chief engineer (DP) Sudhir Ghate and former deputy director town planning Suresh Surve. The BMC had also nominated its members Yashodhar Phanse, Trushna Vishwasrao and Manoj Kotak in this review committee.
The DP review committee submitted its report to Mayor Snehal Ambekar. All the committee members excluding Manoj Kotak were present on this occasion.
The committee had as many as 12,915 cases to study and it heard total 4,184 cases and examined 7,887 persons. The committee accepted the mode of Development Control Rules to increase open spaces in the city. The committee has recommended reservation of 33% land for open spaces while 67% land for slum-rehabilitation.
An attempt to increase open space in the city has been made, said Yashodhar Phanse exerting his confidence that Mumbaikars will like this new development plan.
The report submitted to the Mayor will be presented to the House and it would be passed within two months before sending to the State government.