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Don't allow high-rises in city till December 2012, Sena tells state

The Shiv Sena has asked the state government not to allow any new high-rises in the city till the updated Development Plan (DP) for the city is ready by the end of 2012.

mumbai Updated: Aug 19, 2010 02:40 IST
HT Correspondent

The Shiv Sena has asked the state government not to allow any new high-rises in the city till the updated Development Plan (DP) for the city is ready by the end of 2012.

The reason: New constructions could burden the existing civic infrastructure like water supply, parking facility and roads.

Rahul Shewale, chairman of the civic standing committee, has written a letter to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan saying the government-appointed committee on high-rises should not clear any new proposals for buildings higher than seven storeys.

The DP is important as it defines the land-use pattern and states the terms for educational institutions, plots for health purposes and open spaces for a given population. The last DP was approved in 1991. “The new DP will come into existence in early 2013,” a civic official said.

The DP is updated every 20 years to consider the growth of the city.

“The state has sanctioned additional FSI for various types of land usage like a commercial hub in Nariman Point, SRA projects and hospitals. While granting such permissions, supporting infrastructure should not be compromised under any circumstances,” Shewale said.

Apart from 35-40 proposals with the high-rise committee, the proposed 117-storeyed tower by Lodha Developers in Worli is also pending. According to the BMC, buildings more than 70 metres high or of around seven to eight storeys, are considered high-rises.