Wada cluster development policy of PMC in its final stage 

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Pune: PMC’s brain-child ‘wada cluster development policy’ has reached in its final destination. As per the latest development, the civic body has prepared the updated proposal which will be submitted to the State government while introducing new components such as relaxation in front and side margin, additional floor space index, infrastructure development fund, increasing tenants household area from 250 square feet to 300 square feet.

On Tuesday, the corporation sent the new proposal along with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report.

Pune: PMC’s brain-child ‘wada cluster development policy’ has reached in its final destination. As per the latest development, the civic body has prepared the updated proposal which will be submitted to the State government while introducing new components such as relaxation in front and side margin, additional floor space index, infrastructure development fund, increasing tenants household area from 250 square feet to 300 square feet.

On Tuesday, the corporation sent the new proposal along with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report.

Wada cluster was introduced by PMC in old Pune city Development Plan (DP) however, the State government had asked the civic body to conduct EIA report of cluster policy and send a fresh proposal for final approval.

As per these instructions, corporation conducted EIA and suggested some components to make the policy practical and feasible. 

Shrinath Bhimale, house of the leader of the BJP said, “We have made the policy with fewer additions of new components and sent it to the State government for final approval. We want to start a development of core areas of the city which has stopped due to old wadas.”

Prashant Waghmare, City Engineer of the PMC said, “To make the policy more practical, we have introduced new components in the policy which were not mentioned earlier. We have introduced 4 Floor Space Index (FSI), increase tenants flat area, appointed a special committee for cluster development project approval, additional FSI which are some of the highlights which we introduced in policy based on EIA report. The purpose is to start development of the core area of the city in which wadas are a major component. We will send the proposal to the State government for final approval.” 

The development for old city areas of Pune was approved on January 5, 2017, and the concept of the cluster development was introduced in the Development Plan. However, the State government had asked to carry an impact assessment report, before giving green signal to cluster development.

Highlights of the policy
- Minimum areas should 1,000 sq metre
- Entry road should be 9 metres
- Maximum FSI allowed 4
- Vacant space (10 % space of the area to be redeveloped)
- Amenity space (25 % space of the area to be redeveloped)
- Inspirational FSI to promote free rehabilitation
- Increase tenants household area from 250 sq ft to 300 sq ft
- Relaxation in the side and front margin 
- Introduce infrastructure fund for the core city area 
- High power committee 
- Additional cluster Transfer Development Rights (TDR)

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