The process of formulating a new development plan for the metropolis suffered a setback with corporators across parties opposing the MCGM’s move to appoint a private consultant to survey the city and compile data relating to land use. The data is needed to prepare the new development plan. Aiming to put the new plan in force by 2014, the BMC had earlier invited expressions of interest to appoint consultants for the project. But both the ruling and opposition benches criticised the move and demanded its withdrawal at the standing committee’s meeting. According to additional municipal commissioner Manisha Patankar, 16 firms have come forward to participate in the project. Now, with almost all political parties opposing the move, the civic body may be forced to step back. The present development plan came into force in 1991 and expires in 2013. The land-use patterns and nature of developmental activity permissible in various parts of the city are decided by this plan.