New DP for Mumbai promises to provide more open spaces

Pandurang Mhaske
Friday, 27 April 2018

According to the 2011 Census, Mumbai’s population is 1.24 crore. Availability of new land affects the city with a population density of 29,650 per sq km.

MUMBAI: The newly unveiled Development Plan 2034 for Greater Mumbai will create more per capita open space for the city. According to data, currently the ratio of public open spaces is 1.28 square metre per capita and will increase to 3.37 square metre per capita. 

The new DP will be a blueprint for the city’s land use over the next 16 years. It will pave the way for the space-starved city to have more land available to build homes and commercial spaces. Though the objective behind the DP is to create eight million jobs and 10 lakh affordable homes under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana in the metropolis, it will create more houses than estimated, said civic official.

The DP stresses on the concept of walking to work and maintenance of open spaces. Open spaces in metros are meant for play grounds (PG), recreation ground (RG) and gardens. In the new DP, these open spaces are going to be increased up to 3.37 square metre per capita. If the open spaces of Arey, Sanjay Gandhi National Park and natural areas (mangrove land and marshy land) are included in this, the ratio of public open spaces will go up to 4.83 square metre per capita.  

According to BMC, the new development plan is based on the projection that Mumbai’s population will come down by 2034. According to the 2011 Census, Mumbai’s population is 1.24 crore. Availability of new land affects the city with a population density of 29,650 per sq km.

Issues like creating more old age homes are addressed in the new DP. The buildings constructed 30 years ago will get benefit of 15 per cent extra FSI for redevelopment, without charging any premium. They will have to pay premium for fungible FSI of 15 per cent, applicable to their construction. 

The draft DP was passed by the civic body on August 1, 2017 and 263 suggestions were proposed out which only 104 were accepted by the State government. These suggestions are mainly related to reservations (183).

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