Prez nod opens doors for 50 new townships, CM gives boost to biz

  • Ketaki Ghoge, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 23, 2014 00:43 IST

The decks have been cleared for developing 50 new townships in the state and for building high-rise hotels and tourist amenities along highways and setting up industrial areas.

The state’s town planning scheme received the President’s approval last week.

The scheme, which was amended on the lines of Gujarat in 2011, envisages pooling of land by landowners and developing it holistically in partnership with the state to develop fringe areas outside cities into new towns.

On Monday, the state cleared several decisions that will give a boost to development and make doing business in the state easier.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis cleared three important proposals of the urban development department including increasing the FSI from existing 0.1 to 1 for building starred hotels and educational institutes along national highways. The FSI was increased to 0.9 from 0.1 for setting up industrial units in rural areas and allowing development of amenities such as highway malls, restaurants, medical shops in no-development zones and agricultural land.

Developers can get the higher FSI in exchange for a premium and the vertical development rights will be linked to the width of the road. The powers for granting FSI will be decentralised and given to the collector, instead of moving from director of town planning to UD secretary and then the CM.

“Today, for a non-polluting industry located in an agriculture zone or no-development land, the FSI available is 0.1. If the industry has to expand, the land use has to be changed, and more land acquired with the approval of the CM. But now the collector has been given the powers, which will also ensure more agriculture land is not acquired,” said a senior official from the UDD.

He added, “The same goes for developing tourism amenities including trauma care centres, petrol pumps and restaurants along the highways. They will be allowed FSI of up to 0.5, while five-star hotels will be given an FSI of 1.”

The state government will, however, have to amend the existing Development Control Rules to clear these proposals.

The chief minister also cleared proposal that will allow developers of small plots, largely in rural areas or fringe areas outside towns, to get building construction proposals in just seven days if they choose from the 56 layout plans prepared by the state government.

To resolve housing crunch for policemen and safai kamgar, Fadnavis increased the FSI has been increased to 4 on public and private land wherever the adjoining road width is more than 3 metres.

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