In a move aimed at helping plan the city’s infrastructure better, the civic body has decided to map areas across Mumbai to determine their current vertical growth (the number of buildings) and the potential for future development (available space).
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will look at planning the infrastructure needs of different areas based on this exercise, which is called the Floor Space Index (FSI) mapping.
A consortium of private consultants will do the FSI mapping as part of the city’s development plan revision, which was commissioned by the BMC in April. A report submitted by the consultants recommended this mapping. “It’s a complex process that has been kickstarted. We are looking at having the results by the end of March 2012,” said Sudhir Ghate, chief engineer, development planning, BMC.
Officials said the mapping was essential as there is no correct estimate of the city’s current built-up area and its corresponding effect on localised infrastructure.