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Relax norms for high-rises, say developers

mumbai Updated: Sep 10, 2011 00:35 IST
Ketaki Ghoge

In a presentation to the urban development officials of state government, on Friday, developers sought a change in 70m height as the criterion to define a high-rise.

A delegation of the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) sought amendments to the existing norms of the high-rise committee, arguing for slenderness ratio as the criterion, instead of the existing 70m.

The slenderness ratio refers to the height of the building vis-a-vis the width of the smaller side of the plot. Developers want the government to consider buildings with slenderness ratio of 1:9 as high-rises. The slenderness ratio criterion was recently made applicable for redevelopment of old and dilapidated buildings.

Irked with the delay of the high-rise committee in clearing proposals, the developers also said that its powers should be diluted and experts such as IIT should be allowed to conduct site visits and submit reports, which could be accepted by the committee.

“For structural stability too, slenderness ratio would be a more rational norm than base height restriction. We will discuss this with the high-rise committee members and civic chief after which a file will be moved to the chief minister,” said an urban development official.

This is the second time that the representatives of builders have sought relaxation in high-rise norms. In May, builders affiliated to the MCHI had told chief minister Prithviraj Chavan that only buildings over 50 storeys should be asked to get clearance from the high-rise committee.

MCHI president Paras Gundecha said, “We would like the government to sort out our issues. We have been told that the meeting will happen after the Ganesh festival.”

(Inputs from Naresh Kamath)