The state government is planning to clear the setting up of biotechnology parks and units in No Development Zones (NDZ) and green zones in the city.
The civic improvements committee has cleared the proposal, which says private biotech parks can be set up shop in No Development Zones and green zones, with double the current floor space index (FSI).
Ninety per cent of this total FSI is to be used for biotechnology applications, the remaining 10 per cent for parking, cafeteria, small clubhouse or conference hall.
The proposal allows the commissioner to clear more than double the FSI for buildings in independent plots in a given biotechnology establishment set up by public agencies like Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority, SEEPZ, MIDC, CIDCO, or their joint venture companies having more than 11 per cent stake in these bodies.
Manmohan Chonkar, Shiv Sena corporator said: “The city’s green zones should be maintained since they are definitely critical from the ecological point of view. This land should be used cautiously.”
Green activists have come out against the decision, saying once the civic body allows development in No Development Zones and green belts, this space will only be exploited further.
“The civic body seems to not care about the ecological impart caused by its decision. To start with, it gives free FSI to premium hotels in the CRZ belt. And now this proposal – at this rate, they will wipe off whatever little green space is left,” said Harshad Tyagi, a green activist.
“I will have to study the proposal first, before that I can’t react,” said V L Joshi, chief engineer, Development Plant department. The government will determine the premium on the additional FSI that they will allow biotech units.
Of that, 75 per cent will go to the civic body, 25 per cent will be given to the government.