Mumbai civic body plans to offer redevelopment sops to buildings in flight path


By Accommodation Times Bureau

The BMC’s draft Development Plan (DP) 2014-2034 now includes a proposal for the redevelopment of old buildings that fall in Mumbai’s airport’s “funnel zone”—the approach path of low-flying aircraft. This is the first time in India that a civic body has proposed that buildings that face height restrictions because of their proximity to an airport be identified and put into a separate category for special privileges to make redevelopment financially viable for builders and residents.

A majority of buildings in the funnel zone, especially those in Vile Parle and Santacruz, are 40 to 50 years old and are in dire need of redevelopment. But no builder would take up such a project as FSI available for redevelopment cannot be fully used because of height restrictions imposed by the Airports Authority of India.

So, funnel zone residents have demanded that their buildings be categorized as ‘Public Infrastructure Affected Zone’ and the government provide an increased base FSI that can be sold as TDR to recover redevelopment costs of height-restricted structures.

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