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Suburbs corner most multi-level parking lots

After the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation,acting on xdirections of the state’s urban development department,revised the policy on private builders constructing public parking lots

Written by Stuti Shukla | Mumbai |
October 7, 2011 12:54:15 am

Height of structures restricted to four storey to check massive FSI incentive

After the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation,acting on xdirections of the state’s urban development department,revised the policy on private builders constructing public parking lots,five of the seven parking lot proposals cleared by the civic body on Wednesday are for the suburbs instead of the island city.

The revision in the policy,done in March,will place restrictions on the height of the lots to four storeys and thereby on how much incentive FSI they can avail. It compels builders to concentrate on building more lots in the suburbs than in the saturated island city area. Three of the four proposals cleared before Wednesday were also from the suburbs.

This is as per the original plan,with which the policy was revised,of building need-based projects where there is a demand,and for parking lots across the city and suburbs instead of being concentrated only in the lucrative areas of the island city.

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Additional Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta said,“These parking slots were approved as per the need. Following the revised policy,the parking lots have been approved in a way that there won’t be concentrated parking lots in one area now.”

In an attempt to keep a tab on developers availing of massive floor space index (FSI) in return for constructing public parking lots under the Development Control Rule 33 (24) for incentive parking FSI,the state government had directed the civic administration to limit the height of multi-level parking lots to a maximum of ground plus four storeys. Under the old DCR 33(24) policy of 2008,new constructions on a plot of over 1,000 sq m in the island city and over 2,000 sq m in the suburbs were getting FSI of up to four if the developer constructs over 50 parking lots and hands them over to the BMC.

Subsequently,proposals for 20,000 lots were approved in the commercially lucrative Lower Parel-Worli area. Several dozen skyscrapers were proposed in the Lower Parel and Worli belt of Central Mumbai by developers. Builders who have availed the parking FSI in these areas include Lodha Developers,Indiabulls,DLF,DB Realty and K Raheja. Only 20 per cent of the proposals were being proposed in the suburbs under the old policy.

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