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Maharashtra: Decks cleared for revamp of state’s lone beggars’ home

FSI is a development tool that defines the extent of construction permissible on a plot. It is the ratio of built-up area to the total plot area.

Written by Sandeep Ashar | Mumbai | Published: February 4, 2016 2:00:22 am

The Maharashtra government on Monday issued orders sanctioning additional floor space index (FSI) required for construction of a 15-storey government office and a three-storey industrial training institute (ITI) planned as part of the multi-crore revamp of the plot in Mumbai’s Chembur, which houses the city’s lone beggars home.

FSI is a development tool that defines the extent of construction permissible on a plot. It is the ratio of built-up area to the total plot area.

While the previous Congress, NCP government had approved the deal under a public private partnership in 2008, the BJP government’s latest decision to sanction additional FSI for two of the components will mean that the developers — Joynest Premises — can approach the Mumbai municipality for approval for the building plans.

The previous government had denotified portions of the beggars home reservation on the 28-acre plot to incorporate plans for setting up government offices, a government guest house, an auditorium, and a hostel besides modernising the beggars home itself. Under the agreement, the developers will be permitted to commercially exploit a built-up space of about 4.3 lakh square feet.

The developers had approached the Urban Development (UD) department for permission to utilise up to 4 FSI for the government office and ITI components as per town planning norms. Under norms, a special permission from the government is required to permit the additional FSI. The CM approved a proposal in this regard last month, following which the Urban Development issued orders, sources confirmed.

The previous state legislature’s public accounts committee, which was headed by senior BJP minister Girish Bapat (then in Opposition), had slammed the deal in a report, alleging that the developers stood to make a “windfall”, while the government would gain nothing from it.

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