The BMC bringing out an interim policy for maintenance of open spaces has raised apprehensions that the revised policy may not be formulated any time soon.
However, this is not an one-off case. The BMC’s Development Plan 2034 and the hawking policy among others are also waiting for the light of day.
Activists and opposition party members say a lot of this has to do with the impending civic elections. They say the ruling Shiv Sena-BJP alliance does not want to take any chance of making a decision that would make them unpopular among the voters.
Samajwadi Party leader in the BMC Rais Shaikh said, “Mumbai is suffering as the Shiv Sena-BJP combine does not want to take any crucial decision at this point. There is no consensus and neither of the alliance partners wants to take a chance before the civic elections.”
Meanwhile, even though the state government has sent its three members who would be a part of the DP public hearing committee, the Shiv Sena is unlikely to bring up the topic in the corporation any soon. A senior civic official said, “The Sena wanted all political party leaders to be on the DP hearing panel, but it is not possible as the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act (MRTP) 1966 says only three standing committee members can be on it.”