The development plan (DP) for Navi Mumbai is finally materializing after decades of delay to map city limits and decide its land use. In a months’ time, NMMC town planning department will be publishing details of the areas that will be included in the draft plan. “The development plan will include 29 villages, part of the existing 7 developed nodes as well. There will be one village—Adivali Bhusavali—which is not part of any node.
The draft plan will be for Cidco areas spread over 109.59 sq km. Hence, demarcating boundaries is the first work to be undertaken in a month,” said additional town planning officer Owais Momin. Areas acquired by MIDC have been excluded from the DP. The civic body has till date relied on Cidco’s draft plan prepared in the 1970s. “There are over 3,000 vacant plots yet to be handed over by Cidco to NMMC. In the absence of a DP, the civic body has no say in the planning of the city,” said civic chief Dr N Ramaswami.
The administration has increased the strength of the technical staff for the work. Drones and satellite imagery will be used for mapping the city limits to determine the existing land use (ELUs). “Clarity of ELUs is mandatory for working out the proposed land use. The plan is likely to be ready in a year’s time,” a civic official said.
Meanwhile, town planners are hoping that NMMC will go for a flexible plan in tandem with the growing population. “Like Cidco’s draft plan, NMMC should also refrain from a master plan as only then will it be possible for making alterations to the plot usage in later stages,”said Arun Mhaisalkar, a consulting planner and architect.