The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s decision to close a lane in Kurla and give the developer free extra Floor Space Index for building an alternative road has kicked up a storm.
While residents are upset that the road will be closed, some members of the civic improvements committee, which okayed the proposal, have also opposed the move.
Peninsula Land Ltd., which is developing the Swan Mill plot off LBS Marg in Kurla, wants to build a commercial complex on the 9 lakh square feet land, which is divided by the four-foot-wide Match Factory Lane.
The lane has been used by residents for around 100 years and connects to two roads that lead to Kurla station.
On August 30, the improvements committee gave its go-ahead to close the lane and build a 12.2-metre-wide road around the mill’s periphery. For this, the developer is being given extra FSI of 200 square metres as compensation.
As per the state’s ready reckoner, the cost of 200 square metres of buildable area is Rs 81 lakh (for commercial structure) and Rs 58 lakh (for residential construction).
Two Congress members of the improvement committee, Vinod Shekhar and Upendra Doshi, are opposed to the proposal though it was passed. “The BMC is intending to benefit the developer, who will get area worth more than Rs 50 lakh as extra FSI,” Doshi said.
“The lane should be widened, not shifted. The move will inconvenience people,” said Shekhar, who has written to the mayor to not clear the proposal.