Mumbai's first cop housing scheme to come up on private land
MUMBAI: The city's
first police housing scheme will come up on private land, in a no-development
zone which has been converted into a residential zone for the purpose.
The government has
permitted the conversion as "most land in its vicinity has already been
developed". Urban development department (UDD) officials said the plot was
near the Infinity IT Park and civic reservoir in Malad, beyond which is the Sanjay
Gandhi National Park. The scheme is subject to the draft notification of the
eco-sensitive zone around the National Park issued in January.
The over 20-acre
(80,934 sq metre) plot is owned by construction firm D B Realty, and its
development is being allowed under Section 33(3) (b) of the Development Control
Regulations (DCR), which means a developer can sell 80% of the construction as
a sale component.
UDD officials said
the total floor space index (FSI) that will be allowed is 3.8, which means the
developer can construct 33.1 lakh sq ft. Of this, an FSI of 1 will be for
police housing and the remainder can be sold by the developer in the open
market, for which the incentive FSI is 0.8. The developer gets the base FSI of
1 and can also use the transfer of development rights, so the total FSI is 3.8.
Each police tenement is to be 40 sq m (430.55 sq ft).
In a notification
early this month, the UDD said the home department will be the authority for
the land development and will ensure that the police housing component is
strictly implemented at the earliest.
Under its housing
policy for the police, the state will set up 33,000 tenements on private land
and so introduced the new DCR. It directed that the developer must maintain a
10-metre buffer zone on land adjoining the forest. The developer will have to
develop an 18-metre wide road.