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Mumbai’s development plan: Faster approvals for high-rises up to 40 floors now

Development Plan 2034 empowers the municipal commissioner to give permissions for buildings with a height of up to 120 metres.

mumbai Updated: May 11, 2018 11:47 IST
Sagar Pillai
Sagar Pillai
Hindustan Times
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Any building taller than 32 metres is considered a high-rise.(HT File Photo)

In a move that could fast-track approvals for high-rises up to 40 floors or 120 metres, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has relaxed norms for such structures.

Part of the Development Plan 2034, new Development Control and Promotional Regulations (DCPR) empowers the municipal commissioner to give permissions for buildings with a height of up to 120 metres.

Until today, developers approached a committee which approved development for structures more than 23 floors or 73 metres. Structures below 73 metres were required to seek permission from the civic chief.

Any building above 32 metres is considered a high-rise.

The new DCPR states that the commissioner has to constitute a high-rise committee to advise on issues related to such buildings with a height more than 120 meters. The panel will comprise structural engineers, chief fire officer and any other member permitted by the Supreme Court.

Civic Chief Ajoy Mehta said, “The rule has been introduced to hasten applications.”

“Earlier, the permissions given to highrises took more than a month. Now, the civic chief can sanction proposals within seven days. This is actually introduced to do away with the highrise committee for most of the buildings as it created unnecessary obstacles,” said a senior civic official.

Architect Sirish Sukhatame said, “Most buildings that require approvals are taller than 70 metres but below 120 metres, there the limit because of which the latter can be considered as a more realistic height limit. No applicant has ever had a good experience with the highrise committee as it used to delay the proposal for irrelevant reasons. Some of the proposals took one year to get clearance.”

The DCPR mandates highrises with a height of more than 70 meter shall necessarily be provided with fire escape shafts or controlled lowering device for evacuation in every wing adjacent to the staircase. In addition, buildings taller than 70 meters, one of the elevators should be used to carry freight.

First Published: May 11, 2018 11:47 IST