Alleging that the state government's draft housing policy did not contain any concrete provisions to provide housing to economically backward, BJP Corporator and former improvement committee chairperson Ashish Shelar alleged that the policy would weaken the city's already strained infrastructure.
Shelar, who has written to Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in this regard asking for clarifications, has questioned whether any scientific study was conducted before announcing the policy.
"Currently, the city and the suburbs see constructions on over 6 lakh square feet every month and this policy will lead to more development. Is the city's infrastructure prepared for this load caused by additional FSI and TDR?" he questioned.
Shelar also noted that the policy was ambivalent on issues like the nature of the public-private partnership; the laws which will be amended for the policy to take effect.
Shelar has demanded that a regulatory authority be set up for additional FSI and TDR which will be created in the city, a policy on open spaces be finalised and the carpet area rule be extended to the commercial establishments along with the residential establishments.