Shiv Sena objects to opening up NDZs for affordable housing

  • HT Correspondent
  • Updated: May 25, 2016 06:27 IST

MUMBAI: T he r uling Shiv Sena has strongly opposed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) ambitious development plan, which proposes opening up of ecologically sensitive zones such as no-development zones (NDZ) and saltpan lands for affordable housing. The Sena’s stand assumes significance in the backdrop of a bitter tussle between the ruling partners in the Mumbai civic body ahead of next year’s civic polls.

A delegation of senior Sena leaders met chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday to put forth their suggestions. Sena leaders have made it clear that if their demands are not accepted in the final development plan (DP) 2034, they will oppose the blueprint. Trushna Vishwasrao, leader of the house in the BMC, said, “The administration should look at other areas to create affordable housing. Opening up ecologically sensitize zones can prove to be disastrous for the city.”

Vishwasrao, however, failed to provide solutions to the points raised by Sena.

The party has also opposed reclamation of Cuffe Parade to create a central park. Instead, it has demanded the Mahalaxmi racecourse be developed into an open space, a long-pending demand of the Sena, which has also been a part of their Assembly Elections manifesto.

The revised DP 2034 is set to be published earlier next week. It will be put forth before the general body of the BMC on Friday.

Moreover, the Sena has also opposed the plan to create Metro3 car-shed in Aarey. The party has said that instead of increasing the floor space index (FSI) for restaurants, the BMC should increase it for redevelopment of old buildings. The Sena is insisting the cap on FSI should not affect civic amenities. In the revised DP, the BMC has increased FSI for hotels to 5 from 3. FSI is the ratio of the permissible built area to the plot area.

Some other demands include giving more benefits to tenants in case of redevelopment, incentive FSI for old buildings, a policy on redevelopment of municipal buildings and allowing medical shops and toilets on ground floor. It also states the BMC must provide concession to builders to purchase transfer of development rights (TDR) for creating more saleable component.

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