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Comments on TOD policy in Mumbai Development Plan 2014

Comments on the TOD content of the Preparatory Studies document of Mumbai Development Plan 2014

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Comments on TOD policy in Mumbai Development Plan 2014

  1. 1. Presentation made to Stakeholder Workshop on Land Use and Transport Integration Mumbai Development Plan 2014-2034 Organised by MTSU, EMBARQ and MESN Rishi Aggarwal Observer Research Foundation, Mumbai Mumbai Transport Forum 17th December, 2013 Mumbai Transformation Support Unit 1
  2. 2. Disclaimer: All views in the presentation may or may not be completely endorsed by the associations the author is associated with. All views are subject to changes/improvements as new inputs come in. 2
  3. 3. Transit Oriented Development (TOD) This presentation pertains to comments on the TOD section of the Preparatory Studies document prepared as part of the Development Plan for Greater Mumbai 2014-2034 3
  4. 4. • Document reading from Preparatory Studies for Mumbai Development Plan 2014-2034 available on • • Refer to Transport chapter (page 126 to 150) in the following document: • ent%20List/Chief%20Engineer%20%28Development%20Plan%29/Preparat ory%20Studies%20Report/PREPARATORY%20STUDIES_PART_2_A.pdf • Refer page no 258 to 279 in the following document: • ent%20List/Chief%20Engineer%20%28Development%20Plan%29/Preparat ory%20Studies%20Report/PREPARATORY%20STUDIES_PART_3.pdf 4
  5. 5. Structure • The Preparatory Studies document has to be commented upon from Point of View of its adequacy in terms of 3 aspects: • Regulatory • Guidelines • Institutional Setup 5
  6. 6. Points to note • • • • • • TOD cannot happen without closer working between the planning community, developers, plot owners and residents, activists, advocacy groups and local community organisations like ALMs. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT 6
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  9. 9. Point to Note • Development Plan and all proposals inherent like TOD are meant to enrich peoples lives in the coming decade. • This cannot be achieved by planning principles and DCRs alone. • Without peoples participation efforts wasted. How will we involve the poor and marginalised? 9
  10. 10. Points to Note The Preparatory Studies document does not: • Outline Regulatory measures to make community and stakeholder participation statutory • Give Guidelines to facilitate the same • Give framework for an Institutional Setup to make community participation a reality at the level of 151 identified planning sectors 10
  11. 11. Points to note • How will inter-department co-operation and working be carried out within MCGM? How will Building Proposal Department, Road Department and Traffic Department work together? • If TOD is important then will there be a dedicated cell for TOD in MCGM? 11
  12. 12. Case Study of K(W) Ward • In K(W) Ward where I reside I can continuously see questionable land use developments taking place and I have no help desk in MCGM to discuss with. • In K(W) I can easily identify ten clusters which need guided development but can already see individual plots being developed without any consideration on the overall neighbourhood, connectivity and carrying capability of transport facilities etc. 12
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  14. 14. • Previous photo Andheri (W) – old station, new station and upcoming redevelopment just outside (TOD?) • Camera was snatched and photo deleted for taking photo of slippery material used in newly made footpath outside the building. • Is the Development Plan going to influence these developments? How? 14
  15. 15. How does the Development Plan propose to influence this important observation below copied from the Preparatory Studies document 15
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  17. 17. Long and short • Areas close to Andheri Station (E) and (W) are ripe for redevelopment (some clusters shown in white in previous slide) • How will DP influence development in these sectors even before next elections in 2017? 2034 is far away. • “In the long run we are all dead” (?) 17
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  19. 19. Points of note • The Oshiwara District Center has not acquired the intended status of a District Center although MMRDA was appointed SPA. • This is not an insignificant event. There should be commentary in current plan as to what were the difficulties and whether sufficient and sincere efforts were not made? • Will proposals in DP 2014 suffer similar fate? 19
  20. 20. Points to Note • The section on transport lacks specificity on TOD. • Mumbai has all the characteristics which are suited for the application of TOD principles but for that to happen we will have to be very granular. • Mere stating of principles will not deliver on ground. Action plan needs to be outlined. 20
  21. 21. Points to Note • From pages 127 to 146, which is the section dealing with transport, almost all parts are a rehash from CTS. No new thought, ideas or plans introduced • Some of the proposed projects like elevated corridor between Virar and Churchgate is already showing signs of being of the shelf and coast road is heavily contested. 21
  22. 22. What Singapore is doing as part of its Draft Master Plan 2013 22
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  24. 24. Conclusion Massive opportunity to enrich Quality of Life of citizens of Mumbai through the tool of TOD within Development Plan 2014 provided the exercise is undertaken with utmost sincerity and commitment. 24
  25. 25. Thank you 25