No space to al­low SC rule

Re­lax six me­tres of empty space rule to ex­pe­dite revamp work, says MLA

Mid Day - - CITY - LAXMAN SINGH ‘The state should ap­point a team of lawyers to ar­gue against the SC rule as many projects are stuck’ War­ris Pathan, MIM MLA

NEARLY a month since Hu­saini Build­ing, the 117-year-old ground-plus-six storey build­ing at Bhendi Bazar, crashed on Au­gust 31, the state gov­ern­ment has formed a com­mit­tee of MLAs to speed up the process of re­de­vel­op­ing cessed and non-cessed build­ings un­der the Ma­ha­rash­tra Hous­ing and Area De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (MHADA), espe­cially in south Mum­bai.

Now, MIM MLA War­ris Pathan, one of the mem­bers, has sought re­lax­ation in the com­pul­sory open space norm from the state gov­ern­ment. Sig­nif­i­cantly, Pathan is an MLA from By­culla, which is home to sev­eral old and di­lap­i­dated struc­tures.

As per the Supreme Court’s or­ders, all re­de­vel­op­ment projects and new con­struc­tions need to en­sure six me­tres of empty space around the es­tab­lish­ment for fire safety rea­sons. However, in a letter to the State Hous­ing De­part­ment, Pathan has stated that the com­pul­sory open space rule is one of the pri­mary rea­sons why re­de­vel­op­ment work gets de­layed.

“In the is­land city, which is con­stantly reel­ing un­der space crunch, it isn’t al­ways pos­si­ble to se­cure six me­tres of open space around a build­ing. In ar­eas such as Bhendi Bazar, Kal­badevi, Bhulesh­war, Gir­gaon and By­culla, most build­ings were not con­structed keeping this man­date in mind. So, in or­der to ac­com­mo­date the SC or­der, sev­eral ad­join­ing es­tab­lish­ments may need to be re­de­vel­oped.”

Pathan says the SC rule is ham­per­ing re­de­vel­op­ment works

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