Policy for Integrated Township projects eases on construction base

Magarpatta Township in Pune, Maharashtra, India.

By Accommodation Times News Service

The state cabinet has also decided to increase the floor space index (FSI) available for the ITPs, offering up to 100 per cent additional construction area for a premium even on NDZ lands to attract more such projects

Opening up more green zones for development, the state government has decided to amend its integrated townships projects (ITPs) policy to allow more construction activity in no-development zones (NDZ) and treat them on par with residential zones. The state cabinet has also decided to increase the floor space index (FSI) available for the ITPs, offering up to 100 per cent additional construction area for a premium even on NDZ lands to attract more such projects. With developers having to construct a certain percentage of low-cost homes as part of the special townships, the government expects the latest decision to also serve as another step towards its ambitious aim of housing for all by 2022. As per the policy, developers are required to build a certain number of tenements of 30 to 50 square metre for the economically weaker sections and lower-income groups, and sell them at a state-determined cost, officials said. The policy was rolled out in 2004 to create large planned townships with all physical and social infrastructure amenities in peri-urban areas. The scheme, which was sanctioned over a minimum plot area of 40 hectare, has however failed to draw much response.

An urban development department official said most of the sanctioned projects are in the Pune and Konkan divisions, with a lot of them being on NDZ plots.





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