The state government has revised the Unified Development Control Promotion Regulations (UDCPR) for the rest of the state to give effect to this increase in FSI.
“At the end of 2019, the FSI for slum upgrading projects in Mumbai increased fourfold from the previous three, and now, after more than two years, the same is true for other parts of Maharashtra,” said said a senior state government official. official.
The move is expected to push projects involving slum upgrading to other parts of the state apart from Mumbai.
“With increasing industrialization and population explosion, slums will continue to increase in volume and cause greater problems. The government of Maharashtra has correctly identified this and its penetration beyond metropolitan cities like Mumbai. The policy of FSI to attract developers from other cities to come forward and undertake slum upgrading is a step in the right direction. It will be a big step forward in the field of housing for all and slum-free cities in Maharashtra” said Gautam Thacker, chairman of the Progressive Neral-Karjat unit of real estate industry body Naredco.
According to Thacker, combined with the beautification of the city and pride in one’s place of residence, this would encourage more developers to come forward and undertake such development, as well as being a positive step towards a cleaner city or town. and safer.
In an effort to strengthen and standardize building construction guidelines across the state, the government approved the UDCPR in December 2020. This uniform set of regulations will specify everything from building heights to road widths and the size of amenity spaces. .
The new rules apply to all municipal corporations, councils and nagar panchayats in the state, except for Mumbai and certain neighboring areas such as hill stations, eco-sensitive areas and specified corporation zones.
In accordance with the UDPCR published in December 2020, the density of slum upgrading projects to receive the FSI of three has been set at 500 dwellings per 2.5 acres. This permitted density has now been increased to 650 units per 2.5 acres, while increasing the FSI by three to four times.
Slum upgrading authorities will have the option to consider projects with an even lower density of 500 dwellings per 2.5 acres, to ensure that more upgrading projects are undertaken and slum dwellers are housed in such developments.
For effective implementation of the projects, a separate authority should be established for eight metropolitan municipalities including Thane, Kalyan, Panvel, Vasai-Virar and Bhiwandi-Nizampur. Seven municipalities and councils including Badlapur, Ambernath Alibag, Pen, Khopoli, Matheran and Karjat will also be part of this separate authority.