Thursday, March 15, 2018

Buildings around Mumbai airport, defence land to get construction bonus: Govt

Buildings facing height restrictions, owing to their proximity to the airport or defence installations, in Mumbai may soon be in a position to avail of a huge construction bonanza. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced in the state’s Legislative Assembly Wednesday that the government had plans to provide a “special dispensation” in Mumbai’s proposed new development control regulations to push for the redevelopment of these buildings.

This will be the first time in India, when a state government has proposed special concessions for buildings impacted by the restrictions around the airport and defence lands. “The height restrictions have impacted the viability of such redevelopments. In order to overcome the hardship faced by residents, provisions of conferring additional building rights for such redevelopments in the form of transferable development rights (TDR) or additional floor space index, and relaxations in town planning norms are being considered,” Fadnavis informed the Assembly.

He said further hinted that the town planning concessions to be offered for such developments could be in the form of dilution of norms required to be maintained for side margins around the plot, and permitting clubbing of two or more plots. TDR is a kind of floating floor space that can be utilise elsewhere in the city.

According to information, close to 6,000 buildings located near the airport in suburban Vile Parle, Khar, Santacruz, Kurla, and Ghatkopar, which house over 3.6 lakh people, attract height restrictions as they are situated in the airport’s imaginary “funnel” zone or the approach path of a low-flying aircraft. Another 1,500-odd buildings, especially those in the far-off suburban belts of Kandivali, Malad and Borivali, meanwhile face development restrictions due to the close proximity of defence-owned lands. The Chief Minister made the announcement during a discussion of Mumbai’s proposed new development control regulations, which are likely to be unveiled before the end of the month.
15/03/18 Sandeep Ashar/Indian Express
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