New norms will have inverse affect on redevelopment plans: MHADA

The Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has approved the new guidelines for the renewal in the redevelopment norms of old and dilapidated cessed buildings in the island city, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) has asked the government to reconsider certain provisions and amend the norms.
Mhada officials has submitted the report to government alleging that the new proposed rules for the space by government will inversely have impact over the redevelopment plans of nearly 67% of the 14,883 cessed buildings.
With the concerns raised by Chavan regarding fire safety and structural stability of the redeveloped buildings, the government incorporated a provision for an open-space margin of 6m (instead of 1.5m) on at least one of the two sides of the plot. Another 6m on the front was also made out of bounds for redevelopment. They have also claimed that new open space rules norm will pose hurdles in redevelopment of about 10,212 buildings of the 14,883 buildings. Of these, the area of 8,063 plots ranged from 30-300 sq m, whereas the rest were 300-600 sq m to 600 in size. Satish Gavai, vice president and CEO, Mhada has claimed that the new norm would pose hurdles in the redevelopment of these buildings.

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