Residents and activists participating in the consultation sessions organized by the BMC in the run up to revision of city's development plan (DP) for the next two decades, have raised concerns over the process.
In order to get feedback from citizens before revision of the DP, the corporation has organized consultation workshops across 24 administrative wards beginning from Monday. As part of this, the sessions for A (Colaba), M-East (Govandi) and P-North (Malad) were held on the first day.
While activists welcomed the process, they raised concerns over the disparity in the manner it is being carried out. For instance, during the session held in M-East ward, civic officials allowed participants to put forth their views. However, in P-North ward, local residents and activists were not permitted discussion.
"There has to be some uniformity in running the consultations. In P-North ward, the interaction with the people was absent, as they said it was more of a feedback using the form as a means to give written suggestions, but we are glad there was a much more open debate and discussion in other wards," Arvind Unni, architect and planner from NGO YUVA, said.
He also pointed out that the form filling process is a major dampener, as it leaves out the most important issues like housing and land tenure rights, informality in livelihood, hawkers, informal transport, water etc. "Also, the form did not work as a semi-literate person from an informal settlement was struggling to first read, comprehend and then fill up," he added.
When asked, a senior civic official said, "We are collecting feedback from public. If they have any concern, we will look into it."