PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will be the only authority for giving permission for constructions in the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zones in metro railway corridors of Pune and the civic body will soon declare the rates of premium Floor Space Index (FSI) of TOD area along Metro corridors.
During the General Body meeting on Tuesday, Prashant Waghmare, city engineer of PMC said, “The law has clearly stated that the only local governing body has the rights for giving permission for construction in the city and not Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) or MahaMetro company or any other government agency.”
While giving answers to question of corporators on the TOD area, Waghmare said, “Additional FSI will be given along Metro corridors for generating revenue for the Metro project. The builders will have to pay premium charges for additional FSI. The PMC will share the funds to MahaMetro which will generate through additional FSI. but, they cannot have the right to give building permission. It is against the constitutional amendments.”
He said, “The rates for premium FSI is not yet finalised by the State government. The meeting with the State Urban Development Department (UDD) is scheduled in next week. The rates for premium FSI will be declared after that meeting.”
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.