Media reports indicate that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) would request the urban development department of the state government to allow it to postpone the publication of the draft development plan (DP) by six months.
The civic body seeks six months time as it plans to engage urban planners who can analyze land use data, define objectives and create a vision for the city for the next 20 years.
Consultants have completed the field survey and are currently analyzing the existing land use data. Civic engineers involved in the preparation of the DP do not have the expertise to interpret the data, said sources.
Unlike urban planners, engineers are not trained in the intricacies of town planning and are unable to get insights from the data. The civic body plans to engage planners by July.
Earlier, the draft DP was scheduled to be published in October. The current DP expires in March 2014 but will continue to be enforced till the new DP is notified by the state government.
In the last development plan, the population for the city in 2001 was totally off the mark. It was estimated at 9 million when it touched 11.9 million, reports suggest.
The first DP was prepared in 1967. The draft for the next DP was prepared in 1985, but was approved only in March 1993. The plan was out-paced by development on the ground. This led to several amendments to the Development Control Regulations distorting the plan.