BMC for city’s vertical development
Civic body announces uniform floor space index (FSI) of 2 across Mumbai
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.