CM proposes FSI of 4 for cluster development in Thane, Mumbra
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Living on the edge Over 1,000 buildings with 88,000 residents identified as dangerous.
CM Prithviraj Chavan said Wednesday the state government could not stop a municipal demolition drive in Thane and Mumbra but promised to relocate inhabitants of 57 very dangerous structures to transit camps.
"The government has identified 1,097 residential buildings which fall in the category of danger. Immediate steps have to be taken to avert mishaps in monsoon," he said in the state Assembly. As many as 88,000 people live in these buildings.
Political parties including NCP and the Shiv Sena have called a Thane bandh against the demolition of illegal structures, putting pressure on the government to rein in Thane Municipal Corporation.
Chavan said the state was considering housing policy changes to increase floor space index (FSI) up to four in Thane and Mumbra. "Some amendments in the housing policy are on the agenda to enable cluster development in the region," he said. The state will urge the Centre to consider Mumbai, Thane and Mumbra as a special case for allocating funds under Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana. "The condition for availing Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana is to declare the city slum-free," he said. This is impractical since almost 60 per cent of people in Mumbai live in slums.
Besides this, the state would also ask the Centre to make a provision for affordable rental schemes in Mumbai, Thane and Mumbra, where rampant urbanisation has created a demand-supply imbalance in the affordable housing sector. So far, just one such housing scheme of Dosti Group has been accorded approval by MMRDA, the agency tasked with executing the scheme that allows an FSI of 4.
Ahead of the Thane bandh Wednesday, members cutting across political parties — except Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena — demanded the government direct TMC and the police to stop the demolition drive till an alternative arrangement was made for the occupants.
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