Lokhandwala township an NDZ, BKC site a water body

Written By Unknown on Kamis, 09 April 2015 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The state government may have set up a panel to review the controversial 2034 draft Development Plan for Mumbai, but the errors unearthed in it continue to be so glaring that a detailed review may be unnecessary.

In the latest two bloopers that have come to light, nearly 50 buildings in the Lokhandwala township in Kandivli East, many of them towers where people have resided for close to two decades, now find themselves mentioned as a no-development zone, while the spot in the Bandra-Kurla Complex where the Reliance Convention Centre is under construction has been categorized as a water body simply because the place was dug up for construction and perhaps had water accumulated in it during the monsoons.

The Lokhandwala township abuts the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which is marked as a natural area, and is right behind the Mahindra and Mahindra Automotive and Farm division which begins along the Western Express highway.

"In the 1991 DP, this area is clearly marked as a residential/commercial zone. I think somebody has done a bad job in Photoshop," said Srinivas Jayaswal, chairman of building number 8 in Alica Nagar, which is part of the Lokhandwala township.

The township comprises towers that are 21-storey high and has over 50,000 residents. Jayaswal said several new buildings are currently under construction in the area.

Secretaries of various buildings have now begun sending in their objections to the area being classified as an NDZ to the Development Plan department. "We have nearly a 100 registered housing societies with perfectly legal occupation certificates. I myself have been staying here for the last 17 years," said Avinash Prabhu, secretary of building number 9.

Architect and activist P K Das said a vast water body is shown in the DP map for the Bandra-Kurla Complex. "The water body is visible in the Google maps of two years ago, when the DP was under preparation. The water body exists as it was excavation done for construction. The pit would have filled up during the monsoon season and this showed up on the maps. The water body is at the spot where the Reliance Convention Centre is under construction," said Das.

With the April 25 deadline for public suggestions and objections fast approaching, the Urban Design Research Institute has been holding presentations on the draft DP in various parts of the city, teaching citizens how to read the DP maps and file their objections.

Das said the numerous errors show sheer laziness on the part of those responsible for preparing the draft DP.

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