De­vel­op­ing Bhi­wandi into a lo­gis­tics hub

Giv­ing a boost to growth cen­tres, ex­perts have been sug­gest­ing FSI in the Mum­bai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion.

Cargo Talk - - Interview - CT BUREAU

With a fo­cus to de­velop the town of Bhi­wandi into a lo­gis­tics hub, Mum­bai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gional Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMRDA) is plan­ning an in­crease in the Floor Space In­dex (FSI) in this city near Mum­bai. The agency has pre­pared a devel­op­ment plan for more than 2,000 hectares of land, around 500 hectares of which will be used for the hub. This is be­ing done to cre­ate more growth cen­tres in the Mum­bai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion. The fi­nal call will be taken af­ter re­ceiv­ing nods from other rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

Though sev­eral land­lords and com­pa­nies have set up lo­gis­tic parks in and around Bhi­wandi based on FSI of 0.2, th­ese are con­sid­ered in­for­mal. They do not con­form to build­ing per­mis­sion and FSI norms, in­clud­ing no proper zones are ear­marked for chem­i­cal and elec­tron­ics ware­houses. The new for­mal lo­gis­tics hub will take th­ese fac­tors into de­lib­er­a­tion.

In the last few years, the Maharashtra gov­ern­ment has been mak­ing ef­forts, through MMRDA, to de­velop new growth cen­tres around the Mum­bai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion. Pro­grammes re­lated to im­prove­ment in in­fra­struc­ture and trans­port have been car­ried out in Kalyan, Va­sai-Vi­rar, Greater Pan­vel and Pen-Alibaug.

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