State promotes redevelopment in island city
In a bid to make the multi-crore business of redevelopment of old buildings in the island city more transparent, the state government has decided to map and survey all 16,000 buildings. The data will help the government chalk out a new policy for redevelopment of these buildings, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan indicated on Monday.
These cessed buildings will be mapped using Google Earth, and the data, which will include details of tenants, landlords, plot sizes, survey numbers, will be put up online and be open for public scrutiny.
Chavan asked officials on Monday to get cracking on this initiative in a bid to make the redevelopment business a more level playing field for all developers.
The mapping is also aimed at weeding out bogus tenants and attempts to get additional built-up area.
The new policy for redevelopment can include variable Floor Space Index (FSI) for different areas.
Currently, the FSI in the city is fixed at 1.33.
"Once we have this data, the government will consider redevelopment of smaller clusters or groups of three to four buildings, offer incentives to make the deal viable and seek bids from interested developers," said Sachin Ahir, minister of state for housing, who attended the meeting.
Lakhs of Mumbaiites hoping to live in better homes through redevelopment are often at the mercy of unwilling landlords and unscrupulous developers.
Currently, redevelopment is being done one building at a time, often at the cost of infrastructure and civic amenities.
As an alternative, the state had introduced the ambitious cluster redevelopment policy aimed at integrated development of such buildings and congested areas of around one acre.
But that scheme is mired in controversies.