Fadnavis paves way for policy to encourage more smart cities in Maharashtra

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2015 23:09 IST

Aiming at developing multiple smart cities in Maharashtra, the chief minister on Thursday approved the proposals for a new and improved special township policy.

The state government made many changes to the policy to make it more attuned to the Smart City concept of the Centre, which got Devendra Fadnavis’ go ahead in a meeting of the urban development department.

The CM said the special township policy will now be framed along the lines of the proposed smart cities and will make sure all amenities and services to the public. He has also asked the urban development department to make the policy public and seek suggestions from the people, once it is framed to build a general consensus.

“The Centre will provide funds to develop 10 smart cities in Maharashtra. By making changes to the special township policy, we can look at developing 20 more smart cities. We are looking at an overhaul so that amenities that are required in a smart city are included in the policy,’’ said Nitin Kareer, principal secretary, urban development department.

There is likely to be greater uniformity in the special township policy across the state - now with emphasis on reservation of open spaces, better infrastructure including access to hospitals, schools and better connectivity. The government will review the incentive FSI offered with a possibility of increasing it, besides offering a single window clearance for these projects.

The requirement for affordable housing, however, will remain the same.

At present, there are 17 special township projects in the state under varying degrees of development, including two that are in preliminary stages of development. It is still not clear whether the government plans to apply the new rules to these projects.

The special township policy, first introduced in 2007-08, to incentivise private developers to take up development of over 100 acres offered several sops and incentive FSI in exchange for integrated development along with infrastructure of the plot.

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