After bringing about significant modifications in the development control rules (DCR),Municipal Commissioner Subodh Kumar now wants to rework the transfer of development rights (TDR) policy to enable sale of TDR component in the island city too.
A proposal to this effect is expected to be sent by the BMC to the state government on Friday. While Kumar believes that exponential development is taking place in the suburbs and that the island city is being left out because of stricter norms,activists and experts feel the move could be disastrous for the already overcrowded city with its limited area.
On the verge of retirement,Kumar said the use of TDRs was being concentrated in commercially upmarket areas of the suburbs and hence there was a need for distributing TDRs equally in the city. As per current norms,TDR can be used in areas north of the said plot. We need not restrict where TDR can be used and should consider the east-west axis too. TDR can be given proportionately on the basis of the current market value of the land. I have worked out a formula for its calculation and will be submitting it to the state government tomorrow, he said.
TDR is usually given to private land owners to relocate if their land is reserved by BMC as an open space. TDR is also granted to builders who take up slum rehabilitation projects and conservation of heritage structures. At present,TDR can be availed only in areas north of the said plot and disallows usage of TDR in the island city. Kumar said this has caused too much load on the infrastructure in suburbs.
Development should take place in the island city too. It will not be exponential because TDR will be proportionate to the current market value of property that is highest in south Mumbai, he said.
However,former BMC officials and activists feel the move will further strain infrastructure in south Mumbai. Neera Punj of Citispace said there was little logic behind the proposal. Even a layman will realise that such a proposal will only benefit builders, she said.
An ex-BMC official,who was instrumental in the formation of TDR policy,said this will be beneficial only with regard to conservation of heritage structures.