State Govt to exclude BRTS corridors in TOD policy

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 16 March 2019

One of the senior officials of PMC said, “The State Government has mentioned in Metro TOD policy that TOD provision will be made applicable to other MRTS (Mass Rapid Transit Routes) projects such as BRTS. The scale of FSI availability will be notified later by the government for such other projects."

PUNE: The State government will not include existing BRTS routes in Transit Oriented Development Policy (TOD) under which the government will allow the use of additional Floor Space Index (FSI). Recently, the State Government has taken a decision to allow 4 FSI in the radius of the proposed Metro station in the Pune city. After that, the State has cleared that they are ready to apply the TOD policy of HCMTR (High Capacity Mass Transit Route).

Under TOD policy, the corporations will have to provide additional FSI within 500 metres on both sides of HCMTR in liner direction of the route. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has proposed 37-kilometre HCMTR in the city. FSI is the ratio of built-up area to the carpet area of the plot. TOD relates to the Metro rail and BRTS. TOD aims at integrated land use and transport planning to develop compact growth centres within the influence zone of 500 to 800 metres on either side of transit stations.

One of the senior officials of PMC said, “The State Government has mentioned in Metro TOD policy that TOD provision will be made applicable to other MRTS (Mass Rapid Transit Routes) projects such as BRTS. The scale of FSI availability will be notified later by the government for such other projects. That means the government is ready to apply TOD to BRTS projects also. But, it is not going to be applicable for existing BRTS corridors.”

The official further said, “Actually, we were anticipating TOD policy for BRTS in this order with mentioning FSI. However, the State Government is yet to clarify about FSI. We came to know that the government is thinking of giving 3 FSI. But, we want 4 FSI for BRTS corridors. The HCMTR project includes BRTS and it is our priority to start the project in the coming days.”

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