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Is government planning to stall redevelopment policy for Mumbai suburbs?

MantralayaMUMBAI: The draft notification on the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR), if approved, is likely to stall redevelopment in the suburbs.

The notification was issued on May 7 and citizens have up to one month to file objections and suggestions. The utilization of TDR which will be given in the form of floor space index (FSI) has been linked to the width of a road. The effect will be felt in Vile Parle, Goregaon, Malad, Kandivli, Chembur, Bhandup and Mulund.

During redevelopment, a developer provides free and larger tenements to residents and recovers profits from the sale of additional flats, which have been built through TDR. At present, TDR of 1 FSI is allowed on a plot in the suburbs. So, if the road is less than 9 metres wide, no TDR can be utilized. For plots that abut roads 9 to 12 metres wide, 0.5 FSI will be allowed and on plots that abut roads 12 to 18 metres wide, 0.75 FSI will be allowed.

“The full utilisation of TDR will happen only in cases where the road is above 18m wide, but there are very few such roads in the suburbs,” said G D Chiplunkar, a consultant with the construction industry.

Under the 1991 Development Control Regulations, TDR cannot be utilized in the island city, except heritage TDR. Sandip Isore, a consultant for redevelopment projects, said redevelopment of all non-cessed in island city will be affected once the proposed DCR comes into force as TDR will be applicable in these areas too.

The draft notification links the generation of TDR to providing fair compensation under the Right to Fair Compensation andTRANSPARENCY in Land Acquisition and Resettlement Act, 2013. “It is necessary to allow fair compensation for lands reserved for public amenities, social facilities and utilities in the development plans by granting TDR and by allowing owner for development subject to certain conditions under the accommodation principle,” said the notification. Chiplunkar added that this would ensure BMC is not flooded with purchase notices as landowners will get a fair market value.

When an owner surrenders a plot for a public amenity in a non-congested area, she/he is entitled to a maximum FSI of 2 in the form of TDR and in a congested area, the FSI is 2.5. Chiplunkar said the discrepancies have arisen as the TDR policy has been framed for the entire state. “Nashik, Solapur and other mofussil civic bodies can’t be compared with Mumbai. They have a lot of open space and can build wider roads unlike Mumbai.”

(Source : Times of India)


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