Mumbai developers ask CM to enforce amended norm on FSI

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on February 15, 2011

The Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) today urged the State government to make operational the amended provisions of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act (MRTP) to offer an additional 0.33 FSI (floor space index) on premium to developers.

The MCHI President, Mr Sunil Mantri, has requested a meeting with the Chief Minister, Mr Prithiviraj Chavan, in the presence of the Municipal Commissioner and the Secretary of Urban Development to resolve the issue.

In a letter to Mr Chavan, and the Chief Secretary, Mr Ratnakar Gaikwad, Mr Mantri pointed out that no steps have been taken to permit the 0.33 FSI and no direction issued to the municipal corporation to grant occupation certificate where the developers had purchased the FSI from the government and constructed buildings.

This is despite the Ordinance issued by the Governor in September 2010, amending Section 22 of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act 1966, he said.

Mr Mantri also cited the opinion of senior counsel K.K. Singhvi suggesting that the government could go ahead on 0.33 FSI scheme without inviting objections and suggestions to amend Development Control Regulations.

Mr Singhvi in his opinion to MCHI had said that after the issuance of the Ordinance dated September 21, 2010, the State Government or the Planning Authority can levy premium for grant 0.33 FSI, Mr Mantri said.

Mr Mantri said that it follows the provisions of Section 37(1) and (2) as the Act has been amended retrospectively

Recalling the necessity felt by the State government for amendments in the Act and subsequent notification on the 0.33 FSI issue, he said that the State government had issued necessary notifications to sanction the modification to the Regulation 32 of the DC Regulations for Maharashtra 1991 to tame the soaring prices of TDR.

Mr Mantri said the municipal corporation and the State were losing Rs10 crore a day because of non-implementation of the scheme.

Published on February 15, 2011

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