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Slum-free: Thane to grow ‘up’ in 10 years

TMC general body gives approval for changes in reservation which will ensure more roads, more green spaces

mumbai Updated: Apr 29, 2018 00:41 IST
Megha Pol
Megha Pol
Hindustan Times
After the cluster development project is implemented, the congested areas in Thane, including Kopri, will get open spaces.
After the cluster development project is implemented, the congested areas in Thane, including Kopri, will get open spaces. (Praful Gangurde/ Hindustan Times)

With the cluster development project to be implemented in Thane, the city is set to get more open spaces and wider roads in the next 10 years.

The scheme will not just construct lakhs of new homes, but also open up vertical growth of the city, which is currently expanding horizontally. Existing open spaces will rise from 22.01 hectares to 135.30 hectares (according to the development plan, it should be 69.75 hectares). The road network will increase from 105.05 hectares to 307.46 hectares. The scheme will free up encroached areas in the city. At the same time, it will also reduce the existing industrial area from 54.6% to 23.05%.

The cluster development scheme in Thane recently got the civic body general body’s nod for changes in reservation and amendments to the developmental plan (DP). The city will have 44 Urban Renewal Plans (clusters) under this project as per the revised scheme.

The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) also included many new amenities and commercial spaces in the revised scheme. Pramod Nimbalkar, executive engineer, town planning, TMC, said, “We will get 4 floor space index (FSI) which will be double the present FSI. This will pave way for vertical development of the city which is right now expanding horizontally because of illegal cluster of buildings or slums.”

Nimbhalkar added that vertical development will leave more space for road and open spaces. The industries in most part of the city are rapidly converting into residential zones, which will automatically decrease their share, he said.

TMC has implemented only 40% of the DP till date, owing to which the road network is also less. The civic chief has, in the past three years, increased this network considerably, but with cluster scheme, the area covered by roads will increase considerably.

An officer requesting anonymity said, “The present road network in the city is 105.05 hectares, which according to the DP should have being 248.31 hectares. In cluster scheme, this network will be increased to 307.46 hectares.”

He added, “Apart from roads, the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) and forest area which is presently encroached will also increase. Presently, the city has 121.88 hectares of forest and CRZ area which will increase to 130.81 hectares. The scheme will also increase residential and commercial zones. The industrial belt of Wagale and Kisannagar will decrease. This zone presently covers 54.61 hectares and should be 46 hectares as per the DP. The scheme will cut down this zone to 23.05 hectares.”

The scheme has also proposes 734.66 hectares as residential and commercial zone.

First Published: Apr 29, 2018 00:41 IST