Builders and developers may have to pay more for availing incentive floor space index (FSI) under the public parking lot scheme in the city.
Advocate general Darius Khambata on Thursday informed the Bombay high court that the state government is in the process of amending development control regulation 33(24) which provides for granting incentive FSI to builders who construct public parking lots and hand them to the civic body free-of-cost.
Khambata also told the division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice MS Sanklecha that the government is planning to enhance the premium being charged for the incentive FSI. “Several proposals are being submitted to the government for availing benefits under the scheme, then why not charge more premium,” Khambata said.
He was responding to a public interest litigation filed by Praveen Wategaonkar seeking investigation into alleged corruption in clearing of proposals under the scheme. “There is arbitrariness and favoritism in sanctioning the proposals,” the Thane resident alleged while arguing his own case on Thursday.
He pointed out that so far the state government has cleared proposals involving built up area of 92 lakh square meters under the scheme and incentive FSI worth Rs24,000 crore has been passed on to builders, while the government has got only Rs248 crore towards premium.
Wategaonkar also pointed out that between November 2008, when the scheme was launched, and November 2010, when the government started charging premium, 21 proposals were sanctioned, but after November 2010 only eight proposals of only two developers were cleared, and remaining proposals are kept pending.
The court had adjourned further hearing on the PIL by two weeks.