Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) cluster development policy for redevelopment of old wadas and structures has received a little setback. The State government has objected to two major points: minimum plot area and nine-metre width of road along properties.
Recently, the civic body submitted the wada cluster development policy to the State government for its approval. The policy includes new components such as relaxation in front and side margins, additional floor space index, infrastructure development fund, increasing tenants’ household area from 250 sq ft to 300 sq ft and a minimum plot area of 1,000 sq m for redevelopment.
On Thursday, Urban Development Department Principal Secretary Nitin Kareer discussed the policy with Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao and City Engineer Prashant Waghmare. He raised doubts regarding the minimum plot area size for redevelopment of properties mentioned in the policy and the nine-meter road width.
The urban development department wants to increase the plot area size and make mandatory the nine-metre road for redevelopment under the cluster policy.
When contacted, Municipal Commissioner Rao said,“The Urban development department officials suggested that the plot size should be increased from 1,000 sq m to 4,000 sq m and make the nine-metre road width mandatory to redevelop properties. They also asked the civic body to send a detailed opinion on these two points.”
He said, “State officials said the government has already approved the cluster policies of Thane and Mumbai, in which Thane has 8,000 sq m minimum plot area while Mumbai has a minimum of 10,000 sq m plot area for redevelopment. How can the State approve redevelopment for a minimum area of 1,000 sq m area under this policy? They also wanted to retain the nine-metre width for roads for redevelopment of properties. They don’t want to compromise with the road width.”
He said, “We explained the city-specific problem as there is horizontal development. It is a congested area, where we want to implement cluster policy. The urban development department suggested us to send a detailed note on merits and demerits if a minimum of 4,000 sq m plot area is included in the policy.”
The development for old city areas of Pune was approved on January 5, 2017, and the concept of cluster development was introduced in the Development Plan.