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2.5 FSI plan for Mhada colonies tied in red tape

Sharad Vyas | TNN
Mumbai: A proposal to grant a floor space index (FSI) of 2.5 to several Maharashtra Area and Housing Development Authority (Mhada) colonies has not taken off due to differences between the authority and municipal corporation over various provisions of the new rule.
   The fate of several families, which have shifted into transit accommodation after redevelopment work started on their layouts, hangs in balance because developers refuse to continue work pending an approval from the BMC under the new changes made to Section 33 (5) of the Development Control (DC) rules.
   The corporation does not allow development beyond 50% on a layout unless the reserved amenities (according to the development plan) are handed over. But the BMC officials said it was Mhada that needed to expedite the division of each plot’s share of common amenity area proportionately so that effective plot-wise FSI construction could be carried out.
   These procedural delays were brought up in a meeting last month at the chief minister’s office. Senior Congress leader and MP Gurudas Kamat had pointed out that a further delay would only discourage developers from taking up redevelopment of Mhada colonies and will result in gross manipulations as in the case with slum rehabilitation schemes. In several cases, Mhada is yet to reimburse the cost BMC has incurred on the construction of roads, storm waterdrains and street lights, in the layouts.
   Mhada CEO Gautam Chatterjee has now shot off a letter to BMC asking them to allow redevelopment on under-construction plots ‘pending approval of the layouts’.
   “Several plots are already being redeveloped under the old provisions. But the families are suffering because of these procedural delays in approval of layout plans. This is not anyone’s fault. It is just that BMC can’t continue unless we do our job and we are taking time as the process is lengthy and for our architects to go on site and conduct a detailed survey takes time,” he told TOI.
   The amendment to DC Rule 33(5) was made in 2008 to provide benefits of open spaces, amenities and extra FSI for 104
Mhada colonies — 56 of these colonies are on larger layouts and 60% of them are low income group (LIG) in Mumbai.
   But only 15 proposals have been approved by the corporation so far. Mhada, at its level, has submitted 29 proposals to the BMC. Around two lakh families stay in these layouts and before the changes were made, the FSI on these layouts was restricted to 1.2. Another 1.2 was being allowed to be loaded in the form of transfer of development rights. The state government felt since 2.4 was anyway being allowed on a net plot area, the state decided to keep the cap on FSI as 2.5.

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