Construction on the 117-storey residential tower at Lower Parel by the Lodha Group can now begin. World One, touted as the tallest residential building in the world, was awaiting the clearance of the state environment panel, which came in August-end.
The two-member State Environmental Impact Assessment Committee (SEIAC) cleared the project following positive recommendation from the State Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC), an advisory body that scrutinises all big construction and infrastructure projects in the state.
The green nod comes after the developer reduced 75,481 sq metre of the total construction area. Abhishek Lodha, managing director of the Lodha Group, said: “There has been a reduction in the total construction area but this will not reduce the number of storeys proposed.”
In May, the SEAC had asked the developer to make changes in the project, saying that it had “unacceptably high” construction area.
Observing that the total construction area of 7.14 lakh sq metres was more than 13.3 times the net plot area, the committee had said this could stretch the available infrastructure in the area, besides affecting traffic on the roads outside the building.
Lodha has brought the construction area down marginally to 6.38 lakh sq metres, less than 12 times the net plot area.
“The reduction in the total construction area is marginal but an environment panel cannot demand major reduction if the FSI [Floor Space Index] hike is permissible under development control rules,” said an SEAC member, requesting anonymity.
The residential and commercial redevelopment project by Shreeniwas Cotton Mills Ltd, controlled by Lodha Group, includes two residential and two commercial buildings, besides one building for tenants and a municipal parking block.
The project got high FSI under the municipal car park scheme, allowing vertical development of up to four times the size of the plot.
Lodha has reduced the proposed car park from 3,786 cars to 3,228, and reduced one podium each from the residential and commercial buildings.
Sources in the environment panel said Lodha is also likely to have cut back on the super built-up areas such as lobbies, galleries and awnings. Another way to reduce the construction area is cut the size of the 993 flats. It has also proposed a green belt of 12,522 sq metres.
The developer also submitted a confirmation from the civic body that it would supply the required water.