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Govt gives go-ahead to cluster development

Thursday, 26 February 2009 - 4:15am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

The Maharashtra cabinet amended the development control rules paving the way for cluster development as well as redevelopment of cessed buildings.

In a move aimed at reaching out to the aam aadmi ahead of the general election, the Maharashtra cabinet on Wednesday amended the development control (DC) rules for Mumbai, paving the way for cluster development in the island city as well as redevelopment of cessed buildings.

In a bonanza for builders, chief minister Ashok Chavan announced a floor space index of up to four for redevelopment of cessed buildings. Tenants will get bigger houses of 300 sq feet each instead of the earlier 225.

The cabinet also approved the redevelopment of Mhada’s buildings in Thane. FSI for this was raised to 2.5.

As per the amended DC rules for cluster redevelopment, it will be mandatory for private players to provide amenities like parks and roads. Cluster redevelopment is redeveloping an area comprising several buildings rather than individual buildings.

The cabinet also approved the setting up of helipads in the city. “These measures are essential to make Mumbai a world-class city,” Chavan said. 

The redevelopment will be through the public-private partnership model, and the floor space index (FSI), has been raised to four. Each cluster for development must enclose a minimum of 4,000 square metres and a maximum of 20,000 sq metres.

Chief minister Ashok Chavan also announced a major housing package, saying every tenant will now get a bigger house of 300 sq ft instead of the 225 sq ft planned earlier in the redeveloped buildings. 

There are some 16,000 old and dilapidated building in the island city and which are eligible for redevelopment. A committee will be set up to decide the maintenance of the buildings after construction and for which corpus funds will be set aside. Developers will have to provide basic amenities in their respective areas including parks, roads, and playgrounds.

To enable the development of old cess buildings, the relevant section 33(7) has been amended to ensure that tenants get bigger houses of 300 sq feet each. The cess buildings will be developed through a joint venture between private developers and the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (Mhada), provided it is feasible and acceptable to both parties. In adjoining Thane city, the housing policy has raised the FSI cap up to 2.5.

Chavan said the housing incentives are aimed at creating affordable houses for the weaker sections and lower income groups, besides the middle class. Officials say the looming elections played the role of catalyst, forcing the government to act quickly.

To rid the suburbs of the many cattle sheds, the cabinet will allow commercial development with additional 0.33 FSI as an incentive to the developer to relocate the sheds in the countryside. Religious places, judged individually on merit, will get special incentives of additional FSI up to 2.5 to redevelop.

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