Development Plan Timeline

The Development Plan 2034 (DP) is a planning blueprint for all development (promotion and regulation) in the municipal area of Greater Mumbai. The DP document essentially comprises development control and promotion regulations (DCPR), proposed land use maps (DP Sheets) and a report on the development plan (DP Report).

The revision for the DP 2034 for Greater Mumbai began in mid-2009. The DCPRs have been sanctioned in their entirety. The DP sheets are divided into two parts- Excluded Part or EP which are parts of the DP that were not sanctioned and were open for public inspection and Sanctioned Modification or SM which are parts of the DP that were sanctioned. The Excluded Part of the DP sheets is currently in the process of receiving partial sanctions.

UDRI’s engagement with the DP process began in 2008. For the last 13 years, we have been involved with the process and at every stage tried to make the process inclusive and accessible to all the stakeholders. In order to provide better tools to understand these documents, and to further UDRI’s mandate to make the planning process Open, Efficient, Equitable and Sustainable, UDRI has created a series of educational tools for people to access information, in an easy to understand format, to know more about the basics of a DP, its components and how to read and access such documents online.

Important Links:

How to access EP sheets and SM sheets for the DP for Greater Mumbai on the MCGM website?

How to access sanctioned EP Notifications for the DP for Greater Mumbai on the MCGM website?

MCGM website: https://portal.mcgm.gov.in/irj/portal/anonymous

UDRI Reference PDF: Components of a development plan (DP) and how to access and read a DP/EP/SM sheet

A Development Plan is a plan for the development or redevelopment of an area within the jurisdiction of a planning authority. The DP is the most important document affecting the provision of basic services in the region under consideration. It is a map that defines which land parcels in the city would be reserved for public use. It is a document that sets the path for making Mumbai a livable city.

The Maharashtra Region and Town Planning Act specifies that every municipal corporation must prepare a development plan to be implemented over 20 years. The last development plan for Mumbai was prepared in 1981 and was adopted only thirteen years later, in 1994. Thus a new plan, which is valid for 20 years has been prepared since 2014 and will be in force till 2034.
The public authority responsible for the DP is the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM). For the revision of the DP, the MCGM had selected an external consultant through a tendering process, who developed the current draft plan. The people of Mumbai have a say in the process of preparation of the DP as it is going to affect them for a period of 20 years or more which is the equivalent of an entire generation. Thus, making citizen’s response to this document even more important than voting.
The Draft Development Plan for Mumbai 2014-2034, along with Draft Development Control Regulations, has been published in the Gazette and the Newspapers. Suggestions/Objections/Comments were requested within 60 days of its release. As a result of UDRI’s concerted and unrelenting campaign of disseminating the knowledge and understanding of the complicated details of the DP documents to stakeholders in the city and of the many errors both obvious and fundamental, the faulty Plan was put on hold by the State Government and asked to be reworked by the Municipality. A disaster was thus averted and now UDRI is working closely with the authorities and the stakeholders to rectify both the obvious errors and the fundamental flaws of the Plan.
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The UDRI has built a stakeholder network of 250 NGOs and citizens consisting of approximately 2500 persons who became actively involved in this review process. The UDRI, through numerous meetings and letters, forced the MCGM to disclose and share with the public the Existing Land Use (ELU), on which the new DP was based.

The UDRI scrutiny of the ELU along with inputs from participating citizens and NGOs revealed no less than 3000 errors across various issues which the DP should address. Such inspection of the proposed DP has never been permitted to be raised in the past, making for an inadequate and skewed plan. Also during this scrutiny it was observed that areas under slum clusters (SC) and Special Planning Authorities (SPA), namely areas such as Cuffe Parade and Nariman Point were not part of the ELU. The MCGM said that this was be