PMC suggests 4 FSI around metro stations

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The civic administration instead wants the government to limit the said FSI only within the 500-metre periphery of a metro station. Civic officials are of the view that granting FSI all along the corridor would put a strain on the civic infrastructure in these areas.

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has suggested to the State government not to grant four Floor Space Index (FSI) randomly 500 metres on both sides along metro railway corridors in the linear direction under the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policy for the Metro railway project. 

The civic administration instead wants the government to limit the said FSI only within the 500-metre periphery of a metro station. Civic officials are of the view that granting FSI all along the corridor would put a strain on the civic infrastructure in these areas.

The State government has started the process of formulating the TOD policy for Pune within its development plan. As part of this, the State Urban Development Department (UDD) has asked the PMC to give suggestions on the issue. 

A senior civic official said, “The State government asked us to give our views on four FSI in TOD area. We have suggested that the four FSI component should be restricted only to metro railway stations. If it is granted along metro corridors, the civic body will have to develop infrastructure, which will have huge costs. Therefore, it should be restricted only to metro stations.” 

He added, “The national TOD policy has also suggested four FSI within the 500-metre radius of metro stations.” 
TOD tends to most dense, neo-traditional development pattern within 500 metres or so of a metro railway station. It integrates land use and transport planning to develop compact growth centres within the influence zone of 500-800 metres on either side of the transit stations in the influence zone, to establish a dense road network within the development area for safe and easy movement and connectivity of non-motorised transport (NMT) and pedestrians  and achieve reduction in the private vehicle ownership, traffic and associated parking demand. 

Earlier, the PMC had incorporated the four FSI in the development plan of the city along of 500-metre area on both sides of the metro rail corridor in a linear direction. NGOs had objected to this and raised the issue of pressure on infrastructure and lack of money to build infrastructure. 

Now, the civic body has suggested not to allow four FSI along the metro corridors in the city as it would put pressure on civic amenities. The PMC instead wants to restrict the four FSI option only within the 500-metre radius of metro railway stations. FSI means the ratio of built-up area to the carpet area of a plot. It says how much construction can be done on a plot. It is an important numeric value. 

Transit Oriented Development (TOD), the term relates to metro railway and BRTS. TOD integrates land use and transport planning to develop compact growth centres within the influence zone of 500-800 metres on either side of transit stations.

Extension of routes means more devp
 At present, there are only two metro railway corridors: Ramwadi to Vanaz and PCMC to Swargate, which have a total length of 31.2 km. MahaMetro has started work on both corridors. 

 Now, the PMC has demanded to extend the corridors from Ramwadi to Wagholi, Ramwadi to Pune airport, Swargate to Hadapsar, Swargate to Katraj, Paud Road flyover to Warje-Shivne and Swargate to Khadakwasla. his will cover the entire city area under the Metro rail project. This will mean the 4 FSI will be applicable to over 50 pc of the city area, which will worsen the infrastructure scenario. Hence, the civic body wants to restrict the four FSI only to metro stations.

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