In a decision, which will legalise 20,000 unauthorised constructions in and around the gaothan areas of Navi Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced on Thursday that the cluster redevelopment scheme, with a high Floor Space Index (FSI) of four, will be extended to the satellite town’s gaothans.
Nearly 14,000 structures are within the geographical limits of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation that extends from Airoli to Belapur, while the remaining 60,000 are in the Kharghar to Dronagiri area, the notified belt that falls under the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) of Maharashtra.
Fadnavis told the State Legislative Assembly Thursday that the government has formulated a comprehensive urban renewal scheme for all such areas where residents have expanded their homes without the requisite permissions. He said that the illegal constructions mushroomed either due to delays in land acquisition process by CIDCO or in some case even after the land outside the gaothan area was acquired.
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“CIDCO and the state government has failed to implement the gaothan expansion scheme in such areas. This has led to the unauthorised construction, giving rise to problems such as narrow roads and footpaths, lack of any kind of ventilation, social amenities, parking facilities or open spaces. During emergencies, fire brigade or ambulances find it difficult to enter these areas,” said Fadnavis.
He added that the State government will provide 25 per cent bigger homes to all existing residents under the cluster scheme, which award developers incentive FSI in exchange of rehabilitating resident of old structures.
The move, said Fadnavis, will not only legalise their homes and help in accommodating existing families of the residents, but also provide them with all necessary amenities that they currently lack. The project area for cluster scheme has to be minimum 4000 sq m. Fadnavis said that, if required in extreme cases, permission could be given for the scheme to come up on plot area of 2000 sq m.
Currently, the cluster redevelopment scheme is applicable only in South Mumbai with the Bombay High Court staying a move by the Prithviraj Chavan government to extend to to the suburbs, Navi Mumbai and Thane.
The court ruled against such a move in the absence of any kind of impact assessment study by the government.
Fadnavis said that the government will follow all due procedures including carrying out the impact assessment study.
The move comes close on the heels of the state government’s recent decision to give an increased FSI of 1.80 to 2.5 to all old and dilapidated buildings of Navi Mumbai. Fadnavis was replying to a query raised on the issue by Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik. Incidentally, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections are slated to be held later this year.