The cash-strapped agency, which is in the process of building the 17.17-km long Versova-Bandra Sea Link (VBSL) off the Mumbai coast, has approached the chief minister-led urban development department with the proposal.
A controversial proposal of allowing builders an additional construction right, equal to 100 per cent of the plot’s area on payment of premium, is now being considered, said senior officials on condition of anonymity.
The move comes at a time when Development Plan 2034 has made a case for the denotification of all such special planning zones within Mumbai. As per the existing land use plan, 2012, about 4,323 hectare or 9.43 per cent of Mumbai’s total area has previously been notified as a special planning zone.
Congress legislator Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly, on Thursday hinted that there was an understanding between the BJP and the CPI(M)’s Kisan Sabha over the rally.
On March 19, The Indian Express was the first to highlight the SRA’s proposal to include the nature park in the Dharavi redevelopment plan which involves resettlement of nearly 60,000 slum structures in planned habitats under five planning sectors.
With the inclusion of the MNP, the total area under the Dharavi project would increase from 155 hectares to 172 hectares. To push the redevelopment, the government has also allowed a construction right of four times the notified gross plot area
While the new development plan was designed on the basis of universal floor space index for the entire city, another senior official said that the TDR sop would mean a switch towards a variable FSI regime.
As per the disclosures by the Maharashtra government in the budget document for 2018-19, arrears accumulated during the past two years alone stood at Rs 7,517 crore, while recover of another Rs 13,652 crore in taxes raised has been pending for more than a decade.
The BJP government in the state has allocated Rs 15 crore in its spend plan for 2018-19 to set up citrus estates, which would provide farm implements, grading, waxing and other facilities under a single roof, in the three orange producing districts.
On financial inclusion, the ESR reported that as on February 7, 2018, about 2.2 crore bank accounts had been opened in the state under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana with deposits of about 4,304 crore.
While designing Mumbai’s new development plan, the Mumbai municipality had proposed transformation of undeveloped land parcels around the city’s erstwhile octroi nakas into CBDs to “boost economic activity and employment”.
RTI records show that they include applicants who provided dubious income certificates to claim Economically Weaker Section (EWS) status and access benefits meant for those with an annual family income of less than Rs 1 lakh.
The Indian Express analysed RTI records to report how the CMRF, a charity fund, was getting derailed at the implementation stage, with stolen identities, fake records, proxy applicants, inflated medical estimates and dubious income certificates used to claim benefits.
Additional Chief Secretary, Chief Minister’s Office said officials have been told to ensure that benefits from the CMRF is extended only in cases where assistance cannot be provided under existing state government schemes, such as the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana.