Draft DP makes 260 hectares of saltpans open to exploitation

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 28, 2016 00:22 IST

In a controversial move, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has used the concept of affordable housing to open up No Development Zones (NDZ) in the city for real estate development.

The proposed draft development plan (DP) 2034, emphasises on facilitating the construction of a million homes in the affordable segment, by developing 2,100 hectares of NDZs and 260 hectares of saltpan land.

A total of 3,000 hectares of land, a majority of which falls in NDZs, along with 500 hectares of tourism development area, 140 hectares of Mumbai Port Trust land apart from the saltpans in the city have been earmarked in the proposed Development Plan for affordable housing.

As per the civic body’s plan, every person that owns land in an NDZ will have the option to use a maximum FSI of 3. HT had earlier reported how the NDZs were likely to go the mill-land way with 33% to be reserved for affordable housing, 33% for open spaces and the owner to be allowed commercial development of the remaining land.

This would mean that of the total 3,000 hectares of land, 33% (750 hectares) will be used for affordable housing. The revised draft development plan (DP) claims this move will make available around 7.62 lakh affordable houses, while another 2.40 lakh homes will be built by Mhada and the developers, expects the BMC.

Civic chief Ajoy Mehta, said, “Only saltpans that can be developed will be reserved and a major chunk of the saltpans will continue to remain natural areas where no development will be allowed.”

The DP states, that all erstwhile NDZ land that was converted into other zones by the earlier draft DP, are once again in NDZs. All reservations marked on NDZs have been deleted. All NDZ land owners not willing or able to come under affordable housing will not be allowed development as per existing FSI and no TDR or additional FSI will be permitted.

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