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The MHCC, constituted by the state government, has already verbally voiced its grievances against the draft DP and the development control regulations (DCR).
The letter, sent on Wednesday and accessed by TOI, mentions seven main points of grouse, including omission of heritage sites and precincts from the draft DP and how recommendations submitted by the MHCC have not been included.
"The Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee had submitted to the DP team and consultants at the public consultation during the Existing Land Use study revised regu lations for conservation of heritage sites (both natural and manmade), grant of transferable development rights to ownerslessees of heritage buildings or buildings in heritage precincts and conditions for grant of such rights and guidelines on display of hoardings on heritage buildingsstructures and in heritage precincts. These documents are endorsed by MHCCs headed by D M Sukthankar, Sharad Upasani, Dinesh Afzalpurkar and V Ranganathan. None of the recommendations have been included while framing the regulations. MHCC strongly objects to this disregard and suggests serious relook at the documents attached again with this letter for incorporating in the special heritage development control rules," said the letter.
The MHCC has requested that attachments to it letter be treated as suggestionsobjections and a decision on finalizing the heritage rules should not be taken without hearing the MHCC's views.
The committee discussed the heritage regulations in the draft DP and DCR, published by the BMC on February 25, in a meeting a month later and made the observations enlisted in Wednesday's letter.
MHCC chairman V Ranganathan has already met the chief secretary over the glaring omission of heritage sites and precincts from the proposed land use plan for the city.He told TOI he would follow up on the matter.
A committee member said it was important that the letter be sent out as the draft DP otherwise has the potential to mar the heritage fabric of Mumbai. "There are several road widening proposals which could affect heritage sites, structures and precincts in the city . These need to be preserved and therefore sending out our letter was important," said a member.
TIMES VIEW :
The review committee has to take note of the points raised by experts. A plan that pits development against heritage cannot take Mumbai forward. Citizens are waiting for a bold decision from the review committee, not a compromise to act as a face-saver for people who have prepared this error-ridden DP.