The state government will frame a comprehensive redevelopment policy, especially for Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, to ensure affordable housing, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said in the state assembly on Wednesday.
Replying to a calling-attention motion moved by Manda Mhatre (BJP), the chief minister said the government plans to give floor space index (FSI) of 2.5 for redevelopment of old and dilapidated buildings under the state-run City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) in Navi Mumbai.
Mhatre and others said the houses built more than 30-40 years ago are in dilapidated condition and require immediate redevelopment. She insisted on an FSI of 3 for redevelopment, which was rejected by the chief minister.
Fadnavis said the government has received a proposal from the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation under section of 37 of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966, and a final decision will be taken soon.
He reiterated his government will not keep any file pending and redevelopment of old buildings and proposals for cluster redevelopment in Mumbai and its neighbouring areas will be taken up on priority. The state had earlier banned construction and redevelopment activities within 500m of defence land, by issuing a circular in the wake of the Adarsh scam in 2010. When Fadnavis was questioned on the issue, he said there is no official ban from the defence ministry.
Atul Bhatkulkar of BJP said new construction and redevelopment in certain areas in Mumbai where defence ministry has its establishments had come to a halt because of the circular. “There is a need to look at the matter afresh,” he said.
Fadnavis said he had met defence minister Manohar Parrikar in this regard recently. “We have got a positive response,” he added.
Responding to another question, the chief minister told the House that necessary amenities will be provided to those affected by the projects taken up by the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation.