The state government has announced that it will soon frame a policy for thousands of dilapidated buildings in the suburbs on the same lines as the policy for redevelopment of cessed buildings in the island city.
The rules would be applicable to all such buildings from Kurla to Mulund and Mankhurd in the eastern suburbs and Bandra to Dahisar in the western suburbs.
Housing Minister Prakash Mehta said the policy would take forward the recommendations of the state-appointed Dinesh Afzalpurkar Committee, set up in 1998, to chalk out ways to boost redevelopment of such structures in the suburbs. The panel had recommended a higher floor space index (FSI) for tenanted pre-1969 structures in the suburbs.
The announcement was made by Mehta on Friday after he, along with BMC commission Sitaram Kunte, MHADA vice-president SS Zende and Urban Development department principal secretary Nitin Kareer, undertook an inspection of run-down structures.
Currently, the 19,000 tenanted properties in the island city pay a nominal repair cess to MHADA. In case such structures are dangerously dilapidated, they can be pulled down and redeveloped using a higher FSI of 3 under Development Control Rules (DCR) 33/7. An FSI of 4 or above under DCR 33/9 is allowed if the redevelopment is undertaken for clusters of buildings spread over an area of one acre. An FSI of 4 would imply that for a plot area of 1000 sqm, the construction allowed can be 4000 sqm. However there is no such policy for the suburbs where the old structures have to be redeveloped using the same provision applicable to other buildings in suburbs which allows them a maximum FSI of 2.
“Since the Afzalpurkar panel report was never enforced, we are now looking at the possibility of extending provisions similar to those in DCR 33/7 and 33/9 to all buildings categorised as dangerously dilapidated by the BMC in its annual surveys,” said MHADA CEO SS Zende.