The First meeting of the Governance Stakeholder group held on the 12th May, 2011 at the UDRI office What issues of governance are to be looked at; clarify what is meant be governance. Duty to monitor the DP process from the beginning (conception) to the end that is the implementation. DP should be more accountable, responsive to those being affected, participative, transparent and decentralized. It should also be subjective to periodical course correction. Can we formulate a methodology for consultation with the public.
Second Stakeholder Group Meeting on Governance on the 16th of June, 2011 at the UDRI Office Public consultation process on the DP - Public access to concerned officials? - Upholding the DP as sacrosanct - Possible ways of clarification of DP site boundaries, notification to the public in different ways
Third Stakeholder Group Meeting on Governance on the 29th July, 2011 at the UDRI Office Possible instrumentalities for the prevention of a mechanical planning process The possible instrumentalities that can be developed for ascertaining the hopes and aspiration that the people have from the DP and to ensure that the plan may simple not be a mechanical process - Dialogue at pre decided locations and time with respect to the DP - Finding out in a more systematic and sensitive manner the peoples hopes and aspirations through the vehicle of NGOs working in their areas.
Fourth Stakeholder Group Meeting on Governance on the 10th August, 2011 at the UDRI Office Building Public Awareness on the Development Plan It is necessary to raise public awareness on the development plan and the fact that such a plan is being made. This can be done in the following ways: I. Ask PRAJA to put up information we give them regarding the DP on their website II. Write to corporators regarding public participation process for the DP III. UDRI can also run their own campaign through the English and language press IV. Ignite political forces to take the DP forward. V. Ask stakeholder NGOs to put information campaign on DP on their web sites
Fifth Stakeholder Group Meeting on Governance on the 5th of September, 2011 at the UDRI Office Three tier public participation to two tier public participation It was decided at this meeting that the three tier participation process that had been suggested by the UDRI could be converted into a two tier process in which the neighbourhood level would be merged with the electoral ward level for the purpose of feedback. The 227 electoral wards would be seen as the basic points which served a population of about 75000 each. These electoral wards would need to be fed into the setup of the administrative wards. Different standards would need to be developed for the provision of services at these various levels.
Sixth Stakeholder Group Meeting on Governance on the 29th of September, 2011 at the UDRI Office There was a need to ask the MCGM and consultant to define the broad objectives and principles that is basis of the development planning process. Also for prioritization of the principles that are to be followed. There was a demand to carry out the planning process in a citizen friendly manner. It was discussed that it would be useful if the governance group could identify the existing gaps in the planning process and try point out how these gaps will significantly distort the planning process
Meeting with Praja on the 5th of September, 2011 at the UDRI Office To create political accountability for the Development Plan: It was agreed that there were two possible ways of doing this. - By the use of the website interface- Provide ward wise information on available civic amenities - It would be necessary to speak to the corporators through their party heads and inform them of the citizens concerns regarding the revision of the development plan for greater Mumbai 2014-2034. The principles outlined by the DP stakeholder groups could be presented to the various parties. This will have to be done in late October