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Mumbai: The state will have to walk a tight rope if it has to clear the cluster redevelopment policy for the city’s
suburbs as the impact assessment report of the policy says it will burden the city’s creaking infrastructure and have a negative impact on citizens, especially those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
The report drafted by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and commissioned by the BMC has been submitted to the state before it finalises the policy for the suburbs.
Cluster redevelopment policy refers to an integrated redevelopment of an entire locality along with basic infrastructure. However, in 2014 a high court order made it mandatory that an impact assessment report be carried out before redevelopment of such scale is cleared.
The NEERI report has recommended Floor Space Index (FSI) of 3 for the suburbs against FSI of 4 applicable in the island city. FSI is the ratio of built up area to the total size of the plot and generally indicates how high a developer can construct. The report also states unlike island city, which has minimal clusters of only 1 acre, the minimal plot to be taken up for such a redevelopment should be 2.47 acres.
However, it remains to be seen if developers will find the scheme viable with a FSI of 3.
“Verticalisation and densification may yield positive results in case of higher socioeconomic group developments; their application to low income groups has proved disastrous…High rise living is associated with greater mental strain, as a co-factor. High-rise living is also associated with greater suicide rates.”
NEERI says this will have be offset through larger open and public spaces and better transportation.
The report stresses the need for a dedicated agency along with regulatory framework. In the absence of this, there is a chance of several litigations between developers and tenants.