Maharashtra Amends Development Control Regulations; Mumbai Builders Can Construct More
In a move to create more residential avenues in Mumbai and increase the development potential of plots, the Maharashtra government has introduced a new rule under the Development Control Regulations (DCR). With the new rule, plots measuring over 2,125 sq metre (22,873 sq foot) will now be allowed to build more, vertically. According to the new regulation, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will calculate the development potential of a plot on its gross area, without deducting the area reserved for recreational ground.
The developers will now be able to construct more apartments in a building with a proportionate increase in the open spaces in the building.
Every plot, where a residential structure is coming up will have to reserve 15 per cent of land for open spaces known as recreational ground. Earlier, according to the 1967 and 1991 DCR, when the BMC calculated the development potential of a plot, the reserved 15 per cent plot was deducted. This resulted in lesser number of flats being constructed.
However, now, with the new rule, the BMC will calculate the development potential including the reserved space. This would result in allowing builders to develop more in the designated Floor Space Index or FSI.
For instance, on a 2,500-sqmt the development potential was calculated for only 2,125 sqmt area. So, with an FSI of 1, the developer could construct only 4,250 sqmt. However, with the new rule, the gross size of the plot, i.e. 2,500 sqmt, will be taken into consideration for development potential, allowing the developer to construct 5,000 sqmt of space (with FSI being 1).
This move would allow a developer to construct more homes of a particular size, making it a win-win situation for home seekers and also, for the builder.