NAGPUR: Developers and builders of the city have demanded some changes in the proposed development control rules (DCR) for the Nagpur metro rail corridor. They have demanded that the metro corridor be a kilometre on both sides of the metro instead of the present 500 metre. This implies that higher floor space to index (FSI) and other provisions should be applicable in a 2km wide stretch.
Nagpur chapter of Credai and Vidarbha Tax Payers Association (VTA) have stated in a submission that the metro rail passed through many congested areas of the city and the number of plots in the proposed 0.5km corridor that are eligible for higher FSI was not much. Therefore, the revenue target of the government from extra FSI will not be met. They have also demanded that even if a small portion of a plot falls within the metro corridor then that plot should get full benefit of extra FSI.
The proposed DCR has a strange clause. It states that additional FSI will be granted by either the municipal commissioner or chairman of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) after taking into account the impact on the city and sector level infrastructure and amenities as well as traffic and environment. This assessment should also contain measures to be undertaken to mitigate its likely impact and the action plan for implementation of such measures in a time bound manner.
Credai Maharashtra president Prashant Sarode has demanded that this clause should be deleted. It has pointed out that impact assessment and integrated mobility plan was part of NMC and NIT’s responsibilities, which should be done from time to time but it should not be a part of the DCR.
JP Sharma and TS Renu of VTA have said that without any set of rules, it would be difficult for municipal commissioner or NIT chairman to grant extra FSI. They will have to carry out study of extra construction’s impact on traffic, environment, infrastructure and amenities before sanctioning it. This type of discretionary power may lead to corruption, they have claimed.
The two organizations have also demanded increase in maximum tenement size and minimum tenement density. Credai has claimed that in premium residential areas big sized flats were in demand and hence the builders would not be able to meet buyers’ expectations.
The proposed DCR does not allow any projections (balconies and cantilevers) in the marginal spaces around the buildings. Builders have pointed out that balconies were must for a hot city like Nagpur, where flat dwellers keep air coolers in balconies.
WHAT THE BUILDERS HAVE SUGGESTED
* Metro corridor where higher FSI is applicable should be 1km on both sides of the track
* NMC commissioner/NIT chairman should not have arbitrary powers in granting FSI
* There should be no limit on tenement size and tenement density
* Balconies should be allowed in marginal space around the buildings
* Premium for extra FSI should be lower than 40% of ready reckoner value