A large land parcel in the island city i.e. the Mumbai Port Trust land, will be opened for development in the coming years. It is imperative that the MCGM takes cognizance of planning in this area.
1. Large scale developments must be provisioned for in the DP. Infrastructure provided by the MCGM must be in sync with any large infrastructural development.
2. Exclusion of slum settlements on Mumbai Port Trust land has gone unnoticed and unmentioned so far. These settlements are mainly across E, F-South and F-north wards. They are places of work and residence to a large number of those engaged in ancillary informal industries. Unfortunately this DP has not taken any cognisance of these settlements. We demand that these areas be mapped and these lands be reserved as “public housing.”
3. The MCGM is the planning authority and must plan for all areas within its jurisdiction. No Special Planning Authority must be made for the MbPT
4. The PLU marks most land as industrial with a few amenity reservations and an FSI as high as 5 in some areas. A detailed land use plan for the MbPT must be made, and these lands must be planned for based on the needs of each of the adminstrative wards of which it is a part.
5. slum residents residing on MbPT land are bereft of basic amenities. It is responsibility of BMC to make provisions for these amenities. BMC should take a serious note of this and should bring them in the ambit of planning.
6. The MbPT can be planned as an area for comprehensive development, provided it is planned for right away and not put away for later.
7. Large vacant plots in the MbPT must be reserved for public housing, and walk up apartments or shell and service housing must be built by the MCGM. Much of this new housing stock can be rented out to residents or handed over to dweller cooperatives. If 45% or (approximately 195 Ha) of newly available land is used as residential for public housing, it is possible to create 75,000 housing units at 30 sqm and 20,000 units at 40 sqm, using a fine-grained mixed-use low rise development with 5 storey walk ups and residential level open spaces, consuming not more than 2 FSI. The entire ground storey of this development can be used for retail shops, small workshops, pre-primary schools, dispensaries, reading rooms, community centres, etc.
8. Health, educational and socio-cultural infrastructure that is accessible to all residents of the city must be created in the MbPT. Basic health and education on the lines mentioned earlier in this letter must be the focus.
9. Adequate open spaces at the residential layout level must be provided in MbPT. The water front could be opened up to the city and provide much needed recreational infrastructure to the city.