In a major blow to industrialists, the UT administration is all set to impose an embargo on the further enhancement of floor area ratio (FAR) of plots in Phase 1 and 2 of the Industrial Area.
Various industrial associations have been long demanding an enhancement of the FAR from 1 to 2.
At present, the administration charges Rs 200 per square feet for enhancing FAR from .75 to 1. Master plan-2031, prepared by the administration, has strongly recommended against any further enhancement of the FAR in the Industrial Area. The recommendation was made to prevent further strain on the inadequate infrastructure, taking into consideration the shortage of space.
Water supply, sewerage system and power have come under pressure due to non-augmentation of the existing set-up prior to the implementation of conversion policy in 2005.
The master plan for the city has highlighted traffic problems in the area.
The existing road network and parking areas are insufficient to handle the increased traffic owing to large-scale commercial activity, especially malls and multiplexes, that has resulted in commutation bottlenecks.
UT finance secretary VK Singh said no further increase in FAR for existing industrial plots had been recommended in the master plan.
Unhappy with the decision, Industry Association of Chandigarh (IAC) president Arun Kumar Mahajan said the industry was already not in a good shape in the city and such decision would further make things difficult for business.
“We cannot expand our base if the FAR is not enhanced. The administration should take steps for encouraging the industrialists, rather than scuttling their growth,” said Mahajan.
The administration had carved out Phases 1 and 2 during the 70’s on an area of 147 acres.
Plots were initially allotted for setting up manufacturing units, but over the years a large number of allottees used their land for commercial purposes other than manufacturing.
According to the available data, there are a total of 1,781 plots in both the phases, out of which as many as 565 plots are under non-manufacturing commercial activities, while 150 plots are lying vacant. Besides, encroachments were found at 84 plots. Recently, the administration had decided to increase the FAR and ground coverage of private schools in the city to enable them to accommodate more students and provide them with better facilities. The FAR of religious sites had also been hiked.
What is floor area ratio (FAR)
It is the ratio of the total floor area of a building to the area of land it is built upon. It refers to limits imposed on the constructed area of buildings.
Floor area ratio = Total covered area on all the floors of a building/ area of the plot.
An FSI of 2 means the total floor area of a building is twice the area of the plot on which it is constructed, as in a multiple-story building.