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FSI boost for satellite cities, towns

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) proposes to double the area permissible for construction in these regions and to encourage such activity near train and metro stations.

mumbai Updated: Sep 20, 2016 01:19 IST
Manasi Phadke
The proposals are a part of the recently framed draft region plan for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) for 2016 to 2036.
The proposals are a part of the recently framed draft region plan for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) for 2016 to 2036.(HT PHOTO FOR REPRESENTATION)

manasi.phadke@hindustantimes.com

Paving the way for even more real estate development in Mumbai’s satellite cities and towns, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) proposes to double the area permissible for construction in these regions and to encourage such activity near train and metro stations.

The proposals are a part of the recently framed draft region plan for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) for 2016 to 2036. The MMRDA, which is the special planning authority for the region, will hear suggestions and objections for four months before publishing a final version.

In the draft, the MMRDA proposes to hike the base Floor Space Index (FSI) in the MMR to 0.4 to 0.6 depending on the size of the plot from the current 0.2 to 0.4. FSI refers to the ratio of the total built-up area to the gross plot area.

The MMR is spread over 4,355 sq km, comprising eight municipal corporations, nine municipal councils and more than 1,000 villages in Thane and Raigad districts. The region includes Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Bhiwandi, Panvel, Pen, and Uran. With Mumbai’s property prices sky high, the state government has been at these centres for affordable housing.

Besides, the MMRDA has recommended a new ‘Station Area Development Scheme’ promoting residential and commercial development close to metro railway or suburban railway stations by granting a higher FSI of 1. The additional FSI is proposed at a premium of 30 per cent of the ready reckoner rates.

“The higher FSI will be given only for development within 500 metres of existing metro or suburban railway stations and not in areas around stations proposed in the future to avoid speculative development. Moreover, we have also decided to prohibit any individual development within 100 metres of existing stations, keeping the land reserved for station-related activities such as railway operations, traffic dispersal facilities and parking lots,” a senior urban planner with the MMRDA said.

Under the draft, the MMRDA will give construction permissions under the ‘Station Area Development Schemes’ only if the proposals promise to maintain the width of roads connecting the railway station at 24 metres.

To curb unauthorised construction, the development authority has also proposed to bring down the minimum plot area eligible for development in the MMR by a fourth to 500 sqm from the current 2,000 sqm, a senior urban planner with the MMRDA said.

“We had earlier thought that if smaller land owners come together and pool in their land for development, there can be more planned growth. Accordingly, the minimum plot area was kept as 2,000 sqm. But we realised that only big landlords and large developers were benefiting because of this, while the smaller land owners would construct without permission leading to haphazard growth. So, we have proposed to rectify this,” the official said.

The draft proposes to allot up to 100 per cent additional FSI for educational and medical buildings, special buildings of the government, public authorities or registered charitable trusts, and three or more starred category hotels approved by the state tourism department.

The MMRDA has also proposed to continue granting a higher FSI of 1 for development within 200 metres from the boundaries of gaothans at a 30 per cent premium, and up to 100 per cent more construction area for integrated townships under the state’s special townships scheme.