Thursday, November 15, 2018

Maharashtra govt cancels bonanza for 5-star hotels near airport

Mumbai: Owners of five-star hotels around the international airport, who had hoped to use land in their possession for expansion following some changes in development control regulations (DCR), received a setback with the state government cancelling it.

TOI had reported (5-stars near airport get devpt bonanza, Oct 13) that five-star hotels around the international airport in Sahar, Andheri (E), can utilise development potential on most of the reserved public recreational grounds in their possession in the form of additions floor space index-transfer of development rights (FSI-TDR).

The hotels could carry out constructions on only 50% of their plots, and had to reserve the remaining half as recreational grounds (RG) to be open to the public for certain hours of the day. Earlier, the government changed rules which said that hotels have to give BMC only 20% of the half reserved for RG, and can keep the remaining reserved plot with them permanently as open space.
Town planners pointed out that the DCR was silent on whether the landowners were entitled to additional FSI or TDR for keeping the land as open space in their custody. This, combined with another clause, that permitted calculation of the plot's development potential on the basis of gross plot area under the ownership of the land-owner, would have been a bonanza.
In a corrigendum, the government said, "No FSI/TDR/compensation in any from shall be allowed for the area kept permanently open as park and even for area to be handed over to BMC."
15/11/18 Vijay V Singh/Times of India