BMC for city’s ver­ti­cal devel­op­ment

Civic body an­nounces uni­form floor space in­dex (FSI) of 2 across Mum­bai

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Chetna Yerunkar and Lax­man Singh ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­

The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) has in­creased the min­i­mum floor space in­dex to 2, paving the way for more high-rises to come up across the city.

Floor space in­dex or FSI de­ter­mines how much build­able area is avail­able on a par­tic­u­lar plot. More FSI means more build­able area. Cur­rently, the base FSI for the is­land city is 1.33 and for the sub­urbs is 1.

Ur­ban plan­ners, how­ever, have ques­tioned the move say­ing it will lead to more con­ges­tion in Mum­bai if it is not backed with a proper plan for devel­op­ing in­fras­truc­ture.

The civic body has also de­cided to al­low use of trans­fer of devel­op­ment rights (TDR) any­where in the city and scrapped the con­tro­ver­sial Tran­sit Ori­ented Devel­op­ment (TOD) con­cept from the draft devel­op­ment plan (DP) 2034. The de­ci­sions are a part of new pro­pos­als un­der the re­vised draft devel­op­ment plan pre­pared af­ter CM Deven­dra Fad­navis di­rected a re­vi­sion fol­low­ing wide­spread crit­i­cism.

The civic body has also de­cided to open up 3,000 hectares of land, in­clud­ing 2,100 hectares of node­vel­op­ment zones and 260 hectares of salt­pans, to cre­ate af­ford­able hous­ing and public open spa­ces — a move likely to meet op­po­si­tion from en­vi­ron­ment ac­tivists.

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