Controversial amendments to the development control rules (DCR) proposed by civic chief Subodh Kumar have received over 990 suggestions and objections from resident associations, individuals and groups likely to be affected by the changes.
"The most common objection is against the proposed premium for additional Floor Space Index (FSI) to redevelopment schemes for cessed buildings and slum rehabilitation projects," said a civic official, requesting anonymity. Kumar had proposed to charge a premium for areas previously free of FSI. In addition, builders who utilised 25% above the FSI sanctioned for a residential project would be charged a 100% premium.
The other objections are to the clause that mandates a minimum 6 metre-wide space between buildings, which are being redeveloped. This provision, some claim, will make it virtually impossible to redevelop the many dilapidated structures in south Mumbai that stand on small plots.
All the objections received will now be compiled and senior civic officials from the town planning department will give respondents a hearing. The series of hearings is likely to begin this month.
"After giving [the respondents] a hearing, a report will be submitted to Kumar, who will then take into consideration all the suggestions and check whether they can be accommodated," said the official.
The proposed amendments have already run into stiff opposition from developers and politicians, who expressed their concerns with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan last month.