Thursday, October 05, 2017

Airport worries cap height of proposed IFSC at 61 mts

The proposed International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) will not be taller than 61 metres, or about 20 storeys. This is seen as a direct effect of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, a United Nations special agency in the aviation sector, denying height relaxation for BKC.

This would mean the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will not be able to have vertical growth for IFSC and will have to go for horizontal growth to utilise maximum Floor Space Index (FSI).

This, however, would mean less open space inside the campus.

There are height restrictions at BKC and Wadala as the area falls in the trajectory of the runway for the domestic and international airports. Further restrictions are imposed so that there is no interference with radar signals that control air traffic.

UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said, "The report by ICAO has not suggested any height relaxation for BKC and for IFSC … This may result in having less open space available but the design could be made accordingly."

According to MMRDA officials they are yet to finalise the design because of the Railways' demand for getting land demarcated for construction of bullet train terminal.

The construction of IFSC is proposed over 50 hectares of land at G-Text Block at BKC for which the permissible FSI is 4 and the maximum height limit at the particular plots reserved for IFSC is 61.45 meters and that means no construction above 18-20 story. This is seen as a direct effect of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, a United Nations special agency in the aviation sector, denying height relaxation for BKC.
05/10/17 Mehul R Thakkar/DNA

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