BMC plans homes from ` 7L to ` 30L on land in no-de­vel­op­ment zones

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Chetna Yerunkar chetna.yerunkar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The houses the civic body plans to build over the next two decades, when it opens up the eco­log­i­cally-sen­si­tive no-de­vel­op­ment zones and salt pan lands, will cost be­tween Rs7 lakh and Rs30 lakh, sources say.

The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) has pro­posed in the re­vised draft de­vel­op­ment plan that tracts of land be opened up to cre­ate 10 lakh low-cost homes that will be solely re­served for mid­dle-and-lower-in­come groups.

The size of these homes will be 300sqft, 450sqft and 600sqft. It plans to al­lot 33% of the opened up land for af­ford­able hous­ing, at a floor space in­dex (FSI) – or how tall a build­ing can grow – of 3. Another 33% will be to de­velop pub­lic open spa­ces, and the owner of the plot can de­velop the re­main­ing 34% at an FSI of 3.

Part of the civic body’s am­bi­tious plan is to set aside 8% of the 33% al­lot­ted for af­ford­able hous­ing for pub­lic and so­cial ameni­ties for res­i­dents.

This is if every­thing goes ac­cord­ing to plan, for ur­ban plan­ners and ac­tivists fear the ab­sence of a plan to de­velop es­sen­tial in­fra­struc­ture — schools, hos­pi­tals, pub­lic toi­lets, sew­er­age and trans­port sys­tems and even roads — will lead to more hap­haz­ard growth.

They cite the city’s ex­pe­ri­ence with the open­ing up of mill lands for af­ford­able hous­ing in Gir­gaum that was ul­ti­mately used for lux­ury tow­ers and com­mer­cial com­plexes.

As the con­struc­tion of af­ford­able houses will have to be done by the land own­ers, the civic body will be the fi­nal au­thor­ity to fix the cost, con­duct lottery and al­lot these houses.

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