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Maha govt orders inquiry into preparation of draft DP

A day after scrapping the Mumbai Development Plan 2034, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said an inquiry would be conducted to ascertain whether the errors that had crept in the draft were intentional or not.

The decision to shelve the Development Plan (DP) 2034 was taken by the state Cabinet on Tuesday after which the CM directed the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), also known as BMC, to prepare a fresh plan within four months.

“We have received the recommendations of the committee on the plan and accordingly we have taken the decision. I have now asked Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshtriya to find out whether there were any intentional errors committed during the preparation of the draft plan,” Fadnavis said. 

Earlier, the government had set up a three-member committee headed by Kshtriya to examine flaws in the controversial plan. He said the committee has identified areas where errors had been committed, especially with regard to open space. So, it is necessary to ascertain whether there were any errors made intentionally.

Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena has also demanded a probe into the matter. “The plan was not prepared by the BMC. For us BMC means the 'House' comprising the Mayor and 227 corporators and not the administration, which has prepared the draft of the DP. Therefore, BMC cannot be held responsible for this blunder,” senior Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai said.

Religion has got nothing to do with beef ban: Govt to HC
The state government on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that religion has got nothing to do with its recent ban on slaughter of cows, bulls and bullocks and consumption and possession of their meat. 

Advocate General Sunil Manohar made this submission while opposing petitions, challenging the ban introduced under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act.
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