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Date: 18 April , 2014
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CIDCO asks NMMC to redevelop Sector 17 Vashi in 1.5 FSI

By Shilpa Suryawanshi

NAVI MUMBAI: On 15 February 2011, Newsband had published the report regarding the move of NMMC for regularizing the buildings in sector.17 Vashi which had used 2 FSI against the Government Development Control Regulation (GDCR).
Last year, town planning department had proposed to develop/redevelop these buildings in near future by amending the Development Control Rule (DCR), which was endorsed by General Body on 8 February 2010.
The prime fault in this case was said to be of CIDCO since it was CIDCO which in 80’ had given 2 FSI to buildings in Sector.17 Vashi. Prior opting for changes in DCR, on 15 December 2010, corporation had sought answer from CIDCO that why 2 FSI was in particular given to sector.17 Vashi in Navi Mumbai. 
Newsband has acquired the copy of letter of CIDCO dated 29 December 2010, written in reply to query of corporation on allotment of 2 FSI.
The letter mentions that after the approval of the General Development Control Regulations (GDCRs) in 1975, and the Navi Mumbai Development Plan in 1979 (which came into effect from 1 March 1980), CIDCO had initially undertaken the development in seven nodes of Navi Mumbai, namely Airoli, Kopar Khairane, Vashi, Nerul, Belapur, Kalamboli and Panvel.
CIDCO Chief Planner wrote to Corporation that at that point of time, ‘it was contemplated that each node is self-sufficient in nature and hence should be provided with its own District Business Centre (DBC), wherein an FSI of 2 would be permissible. The sector 17, Vashi was considered as the DBC hence it was given 2 FSI.’
The then CIDCO board had approved the proposal of same in anticipation of Government approval; however, Government approved a uniform FSI of 1 in October 1985. Thereupon after CIDCO’s representation in the matter, FSI was revised to 1.5 for commercial users in October 1986.
Chief Planner further wrote to corporation that in the meantime, in anticipation of the Government approval, certain plots were leased by CIDCO for 60 years, with FSI of 2.0. However, CIDCO’s proposal has not been approved by State Government and hence, the approved FSI for commercial use in Navi Mumbai remains 1.5.
In the concluding part of the letter, CIDCO Chief Planner has mentioned that the approved FSI for commercial use in Navi Mumbai remains 1.5. This shall have to be considered for any redevelopment proposals of those buildings where even FSI 2 has been granted/approved by CIDCO.
Now with this clarification of CIDCO it is clear that NMMC must stick to rule and should allow redevelopment of buildings in question in 1.5 FSI instead of going for amendment of GDCR as a whole whereby the buildings will be redeveloped in 2 FSI of sector.17. Critics rightly points out that if GDCR is amended for this particular sector then other illegal constructions too will jump and demand for regularization.It surely raises question as to why corporation is still so eager to send modification draft to State Government for regularizing the buildings in sector.17 Vashi. The town planning department is still persisting with its claim that it is difficult to accommodate all the existing tenants/tenement holders, when development/redevelopment will be carried out and therefore it is necessary to permit the existing utilized FSI (of 2) for development/redevelopment of buildings. One point here must again be reconsidered is that redevelopment of these buildings is out of question as it hasn’t even completed its life span of usual 60 years, in fact buildings are not even 30 years old. And as social activist Sandeep Thakur says, buildings are far from dilapidated hence do not warrant for redevelopment.