PUNE: As per the National Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policy for Metro railway, Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to prepare an Impact Assessment report. It appointed a consultant for the purpose on Tuesday.
The Standing Committee took this decision on the proposal of the civic administration.
The PMC has awarded the work to Urban Mass Transport company. The PMC will pay Rs 1.19 crore consultancy fee to the company. The company has nine months to complete Impact Assessment of TOD on respective areas in the city.
The Union government approved National TOD policy in 2017. It has been implemented across the country. TOD policy relates to metro railway and BRTS and is applicable to cities where metro railway or BRTS network is being developed.
In Pune, the metro railway and BRTS projects are being implemented. As per the policy, PMC will have to grant four FSI (Floor Space Index) along the Metro stations and BRTS corridors. FSI is the ratio of built-up area to the carpet area of a plot.
PMC Building Permission and Development Department Superintendent Engineer Yuvraj Deshmukh told reporters, “As per the government directives and TOD policy, we have to prepare TOD as we are developing the Metro railway and BRT corridors in the city. The consultant will study environment and public spaces, transport, impact on basic infrastructure, redevelopment potential and real estate assessment, 2030 and 2040 scenario, etc.”
“At present, the consultant will cover metro stations of two metro corridors. It will also include Pune Metro Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) projects,” he added.
WHAT IS TOD
TOD integrates land use and transport planning to develop compact growth centres within 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 a reduction in the private vehicle ownership, traffic and associated parking.