Maharashtra Govt To Relax Building Norms For Dharavi Redevelopment Plan
After the Maharashtra Cabinet sanctioned the new Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP) worth Rs 26,000 crore, it is now likely to relax building norms. Reports suggest that the norms regarding space between two high-rises would be diluted.
The 240-hectare slum would now be redeveloped as a single cluster.
Given that the Dharavi area in Mumbai airport’s funnel zone (a controlled airspace where high-rises are usually banned owing to the safety of buildings), there are height restrictions imposed on buildings here. However, to ensure the project is successfully implemented, the housing department is seeking some relaxation in terms of the space between two high-rises which is currently 18 metres. For DRP, the department has suggested that the distance between buildings could be maintained at 12 metres so that more high-rises could be constructed.
It is on the basis of a state-run Dharavi Redevelopment Project Authority’s (DRPA) request that the housing department has put forth a proposal for relaxation. While the Urban Development Department has rejected this proposal, the state Cabinet will now go through the proposal. If passed, the amendments would need to be introduced in the Development Control Regulations before the implementation can take place.
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It was on October 17 that the state Cabinet approved the DPR and also the forming of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to sell the transferable development rights (TDR) generated from the project to other parts of Mumbai.
The project will be implemented in five sectors. While sector-5 will be developed by the Maharashtra Housing Area and Development Authority, for the remaining four tenders will be invited from private developers. The state govt plans to complete the project in seven years.