The Centre’s nod to the state proposal for redevelopment of old buildings and slum clusters along the city’s coastline means Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) areas will see buildings with Floor Space Index in the range of 2.5 to 4.
“With the MOEF giving a go-ahead, we can increase FSI for redevelopment to that prevailing for special schemes in the city like cluster redevelopment or slum rehabilitation,” said a senior bureaucrat, who did not want to be named as the Assembly is in session.
The FSI in coastal regions has been restricted so far to 1.33 in the island city and 1 in the suburbs.
FSI refers to the ratio of the total constructed area of a building vis-a-vis the plot on which it has come up.
‘Act as required on silence zones’
On the issue of silence zones, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh put the ball in the state’s court, asking it to take ‘action as required’, like that carried out by the Delhi government.
The Centre’s noise pollution act has demarcated silence zones as areas within 100m of courts, educational institutes, hospitals and religious places.
The state government had argued that if these norms were to be followed, the entire city would become a silence zone.
The state is looking at defining educational institutes, hospitals that will fall in silence zones.
For instance, the Delhi government has said only 1,000-bed hospitals would be considered for inclusion in silence zones. The state also does not want religious places to fall with the ambit of such zones.