By Accommodation Times Bureau
Redevelopment projects that are located on the internal private roads of Mumbai have been clogged because the BMC has ceased issuing transfer of development rights (TDR) for such projects.
A building industry source said work on an estimated 500 housing society redevelopment projects has been affected for the last few weeks in areas like Ghatkopar, Chembur, Kandivli and Juhu Vile Parle Development Scheme.
The hindrance is the state’s new TDR policy introduced last year which does not permit TDR to be loaded on redevelopment projects on internal roads not owned by the BMC. So the BMC is now refusing to allot additional construction permissions in the form of TDR to complete the projects.
“Without TDR no redevelopment is possible or financially viable,” said a developer. A senior civic official told that the BMC has written and posed queries in front of the state government for clarity on exemptions for such projects.
“Many projects are progressing as per the old TDR policy. Buildings have been planned accordingly, all initial approvals have been obtained and the old structure demolished after the occupants moved out. Due to this new TDR policy, developers with such plots will not be able to fulfill their commitments to societies. The new TDR policy should not be applied to ongoing projects,” said architect Manoj Daisaria.
Last month, the BMC had issued an internal circular, ingeminating the state’s new policy of not granting TDR to projects on internal roads in private layouts. The new policy for Mumbai, which came into rolling last November, says additional construction rights by way of TDR will be given to builders depending on the width of a road along a project site.
No TDR will be offered for projects on roads less than 9m wide. However, the government has said , “ The BMC will convert all roads of a width less than 9m to 9m and above as per site conditions…”