Civic body re­ceives 15 ap­pli­ca­tions for re­vamp, but yet to give go-ahead

NMMC chief says build­ings will be in­spected be­fore giv­ing per­mis­sion for re­de­vel­op­ment

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

It has been a year since the govern­ment is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion grant­ing 2.5 FSI for the re­de­vel­op­ment of di­lap­i­dated Cidco-con­structed build­ings in the city.

How­ever, the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has not yet given per­mis­sion to any build­ing.

While there have been al­le­ga­tions of political pres­sures, the NMMC has said the de­lay has been due to var­i­ous fac­tors.

It has stated that a spe­cial high-level com­mit­tee has de­cided to in­spect and ver­ify each build­ing and only those found di­lap­i­dated af­ter a struc­tural au­dit, will be given per­mis­sion.

The govern­ment des­ig­nated com­mit­tee in­cludes the mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, NMMC city en­gi­neer, chief ar­chi­tect and plan­ner of Cidco, joint deputy di­rec­tor of town plan­ning at Konkan Bha­van and PWD su­per­in­ten­dent en­gi­neers.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Waghmare said, “So far, the re­sponse has been very con­ser­va­tive as the prop­erty mar­ket is down and there is a wait-and-watch pol­icy in the real es­tate in­dus­try. We have re­ceived only 15 ap­pli­ca­tions fol­low­ing the no­ti­fi­ca­tion. They in­volve re­de­vel­op­ment of 96 build­ings.”

On Fe­bru­ary 5, 2015, the state govern­ment granted 2.5 FSI for re­de­vel­op­ment of con­structed dan­ger­ous and di­lap­i­dated build­ings that are more than 30 years old.

Waghmare gave rea­sons for the de­lay.

“The high- level com­mit­tee that is over­see­ing the process said that go­ing by the old IIT re­ports which de­clared the build­ings as di­lap­i­dated will not be right. The re­port was based on a sam­ple of 4-5% build­ings.”

He added, “It has now de­cided to in­spect ev­ery build­ing that seeks re­de­vel­op­ment. Fol­low­ing the struc­tural au­dit, only those that are truly in a poor con­di­tion will be cer­ti­fied as di­lap­i­dated and will be given re­de­vel­op­ment per­mis­sion.”

Wa gh­mare added: “T he in­spec­tion process is on and two meet­ings of the com­mit­tee have been held on the is­sue. The per­mis­sions are ex­pected in March.”

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