Mumbai: Mumbaikars and developers have reason to rejoice as the Mumbai Development Plan (DP) for 2034 allows them to construct customised houses without the need to submit a whole floor plan to the civic body. The developer or tenant can submit only a structural plan with the kitchen sink and toilet demarked.
The development plan was unveiled last week after approval from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The DP speaks about creating 1 million affordable houses and 8 million jobs in the city.
The DP envisages creating theatres, museums, parks, playgrounds, theme gardens, old age homes and shelters for the homeless.
In what would be a major relaxation, the BMC has proposed that people would have the freedom to make changes in the interior part of their homes as per necessity without damaging the structural stability of the building, including beams and pillars. For changing the internal structure, a tenant or developer needs to get permission from the civic body.
There is also a provision to avoid global warming, namely that a developer can create a garden on the terrace provided he constructs the building with proper stability. The developer or the society can also grow green grass on the roof. An official from BMC’s Development Plan Department said that due to the reflection of sunlight, the heat in the atmosphere increases and the garden on terrace will reduce the reflection and help minimise the global warming.
The extra floor space index (FSI) will now be connected to the ready reckoner rate and it is also allowed to use the Transfer of Development Right (TDR), which are given in lieu of the FSI to the land owner, anywhere in the city, but the value of it will be calculated as per the ready reckoner rate of the area.
Earlier, it was not permitted to use the TDR of suburbs in the city areas and only the city’s TDR was allowed in the suburbs. The restrictions on heritage TDR have also been lifted. “This decision will boost development and the people holding huge TDR will come forward to release it in the market,” said Sunil Mantri, developer and ex-president of NARDECO.