AUDA has high dreams for city

Vertical growth Revised draft development plan for next 20 years unveiled.

The Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) on Monday issued a notification for the draft development plan for the city to be finalised and approved by the state government.

AUDA chairman Dharmendra Shah said the revised development plan for Ahmedabad 2011-21 was made keeping in view development needs for the next 20 years.

The plan frees an equivalent of 200 sq kms of space in the city mainly for vertical growth over the next 10 years in terms of floor space index (FSI).

Motivated by a transit-led development, the plan encourages affordable housing along the SP ring road, which was earlier the green belt area, residential zones along the BRTS and Metro rail routes, and gives incentives for green initiatives and heritage conservation.

Shah said one of the salient features of the draft plant was "chargeable FSI" where income from sale of FSI would be shared among AMC, AUDA, BRTS, Metro Rail and Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd in pre-decided proportion. Installation of solar heaters has been made compulsory for hotels and hospitals.

To promote green development, those using solar power and installing water harvesting systems would be given FSI incentives, as would developers building green buildings, said government sources.

The idea behind encouraging vertical growth and giving FSI incentives is to "make people stay in Ahmedabad and not move towards Mehsana or Nal Sarovar," said a top government official.

About 70 sq kms of space has been reserved for affordable housing, where a developer building up to 50 sq metre homes will get a 10 per cent subsidy on the existing jantri rates. Those who plan to build up to 66 sq metres will have to pay 20 per cent of the jantri rate on the additional FSI.

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