The opposition Congress, on April 26, 2018, slammed the Mumbai Development Plan (DP) 2034, saying it was aimed at selling off the city to builders, ahead of the 2019 elections. The NCP charged that the DP was announced, to divert the attention from the ongoing stand-off between the ruling BJP and the Shiv Sena, over the proposed Nanar mega refinery project in Ratnagiri district.
Addressing a press conference, Congress spokesman Sachin Sawant said the previous DP prepared by the then civic chief Sitaram Kunte, had been scrapped following a controversy over the increased floor space index (FSI). “Now, the FSI in the island city is three and in the suburbs it is 2.5,” he said. In the new DP, the FSI for residential properties in the island city has been raised up to three, while in the suburbs, the new FSI will be up to 2.5 and five for residential and commercial properties, respectively. Pointing out that the state government made 2,371 changes in the new DP, Sawant asked, “Is the BMC machinery so inefficient? The DP is a ploy to sell off Mumbai to builders ahead of the elections. It has no soul. Mumbaikars have been fooled.”
State NCP chief Sunil Tatkare said he was a minister for 15 years but had never seen bureaucrats taking a press conference before a notification is issued. Maharashtra Urban Development Department principal secretary Nitin Kareer, while unveiling the DP document, announced a notification would be issued in the next 10 days and the new DP would be implemented a month after the notification is published. Tatkare said, “The DP is not yet in the public domain. The DP issue has been brought up, to deflect the attention from the Nanar controversy.”