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Better late than never

Final nod for developmental plan (DP) has been long pending and there is scope for affordable housing and free open spaces may take shape soon. This particular developmental plan is pending since 2015 and there is a hope for getting much need sanction along with draft development control rules. The initiative taken by BMC in taking up city’s development plan in good earnest is to appreciated and for a change there is no opposition for such a step come in the wake of a 20 year blue print. Even though the plan is 3 years past its deadline, the controversial DP 2034 will be taken up and sent to the state government for its approval. The plan is a long delayed one as it was to released in 2014. It was once revised in April 2015 and now hopes to take a shape. By allotting Rs 2,102 crore in this year’s budget to implement the Development Plan 2034, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has claimed to have integrated a blueprint with a civic budget for the first time in the country in this year. Affordable housing did not take up shape despite the real estate prices are on the down swing. The open space in the city is to be properly dealt in the best way possible. Let us hope that the state government will take up the various issues concerning city and make the city get all the poll promises. It is better than never as city development plan is taking a final shape.

Nickhil Mani

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