March 6, 2009 1:00:16 am
Higher FSI for buildings along BRTS corridor
The builders have something to cheer about: the civic administration has proposed a higher Floor Space Index (FSI) for buildings along the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridors and Metro Rail.
Says president of Promoters and Builders Association of Pune (PBAP) Lalit Kumar Jain,The proposal to increase the FSI of buildings along the Mass Transit route is a welcome step and we believe it will have many takers.
To make the projects viable,the civic administration has proposed the increase of FSI for structures in 200 metre and 500 metre distance of BRTS and Metro corridor respectively. A decision will be taken in the city improvement committee on Friday.
The high-density concept will only make the mass transit system financially viable,he said adding,The increase in FSI will help in optimum utilisation of the mass transit system.
However,the idea has not gone well with civic activists. Says,civic activist Vijay Kumbhar,The present norm of one FSI allows a building to have maximum height of 30 metres,but four FSI will allow construction 100-metre-high buildings. The increase in FSI will put strain on the existing civic infrastructure and will go out of control.
At present,as per the PMC rules the maximum height allowed for a building is 30 metres.
The option to increase the FSI will only help the builders and it will add to the existing chaos. The civic administration seems to be working for the builder lobby. The common man will not gain anything from this proposal.
The city is expected to have corridors of 120 km for BRTS and 30 km for Metro rail that is spread across the city.
In its proposal,the civic administration said that there is a need to densify the corridor of mass transit system to ensure its optimum use and the increase in FSI will help in achieving that.
The developer will have to pay 50 per cent of the rate of ready reckoner to get an increased FSI,it said adding the money generated will be used for the infrastructure projects to be undertaken by the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).
The Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) prepared by the PMC also recommends that the land use structure and regulations must be corridor based.
There should be an increase of FSI on the public transport corridors and additional FSI may be sold at market value.
Detailed Project Report misses details
The civic administration on Thursday admitted that even though the PMC had prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on the BRTS,it did not entail all the details about the project.
At a symposium on BRTS: its current situation and future organised by Creative Foundation and Surajya Sangharsha Samiti at Nivara in Navi Peth,Shrinivas Bonala,additional city engineer (traffic) clarified,The PMC had indeed prepared a DPR and then submitted it to the central government for its approval. The government then gave gave its nod to the project based on that particular DPR. However,that report did not entail all the minute of the BRTS project as a whole. It was more of an internal report made by the PMC. Maj Gen (Retd) S C N Jatar of Nagrik Chetana Manch criticised the project: The project was implemented in a very hasty manner and without any planning. Consultants only prepared the design of the project,but without any planning.
BJP corporator Anil Shirole said that there should be a time bound programme to remove the errors in BRTS and that the PMPML service should be improved first.
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