In a far reaching move that may help save the few open spaces left in Mumbai and the rest of the state, CM Ashok Chavan has directed all municipal corporations and councils to prepare digital maps of their towns. A directive to this effect was issued in a meeting held in Mantralaya. The move may prevent the plots from being de-reserved for commercial or residential purpose or being taken over by any illegal encroachment. Significantly, the directive was prompted by proposals from the Vasai-Virar and Kalyan-Dombivli municipal corporations seeking Chavan’s approval to de-reserve plots meant for constructing schools. Others at the meeting included deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal and T C Benjamin, principal secretary (urban development). Chavan rejected the argument put up by the municipal corporations, saying that there were already educational institutions near the plots concerned so there was no need for more.
March 30, 2010