More hap­haz­ard de­vpt likely in city

BMC has in­creased FSI avail­able for large cat­e­gories of construction

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­nal Puro­hit ku­nal.puro­hit@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Pen­cil-thin sky­scrapers, tow­ers lord­ing over con­gested lanes and hap­haz­ard devel­op­ment may con­tinue to char­ac­terise Mum­bai.

The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC), on pa­per, claims to have re­duced floor space in­dex (FSI) — which de­ter­mines how high build­ings can grow — from the high 8 pro­posed in the scrapped draft devel­op­ment plan (DP) last year.

But a closer look shows the civic body has ac­tu­ally al­lowed sev­eral ways for builders to get more FSI, and more FSI means more build­able area. The BMC may have also in­creased the FSI avail­able for many cat­e­gories of construction.

While the civic body has re­tained the base FSI of 1.33 in the is­land city and 1 in the sub­urbs, it has in­creased the min­i­mum avail­able FSI to 2 through cer­tain pro­vi­sions.

It has also doled out higher FSI, up to 5, for sev­eral cat­e­gories such as com­mer­cial struc­tures, ho­tels, mu­nic­i­pal mar­kets and IT parks. Un­til now, th­ese struc­tures were given an FSI of 2 or 3.

This isn’t all. The BMC has junked a pro­posal of the pre­vi­ous draft DP to put a cap on the max­i­mum FSI a builder can avail, and has in­stead brought back con­tentious pro­vi­sions that will let builders get con­ces­sions and more FSI — any­where be­tween 25% and 60% higher. Th­ese con­ces­sions in­clude avail­ing 35% ad­di­tional fun­gi­ble FSI by pay­ing pre­mi­ums, get­ting 40% more FSI by build­ing multi-storey park­ing lots and freeof-FSI ar­eas such as stair­cases.

This means a build­ing that is of­fi­cially given an FSI 5 can avail of as­tro­nom­i­cally high FSI — close to dou­ble its pro­vi­sion or more. CON­TIN­UED ON P8

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