This new policy has offered 300 sq ft for the slum rehabilitation schemes in PMC and PCMC on the lines of the policy for Mumbai.
Height restrictions for the buildings have been cancelled paving way to construct high-rise slum rehabilitation buildings. Deadlines have been set for completing the projects to make sure that SRA projects are not unnecessarily prolonged. Suggestions and objections from the public have been sought now for these draft rules.
As per the notice issued by the SRA on Monday, the new drafts will be available for suggestions and objections for the next 30 days, after which a hearing will be carried out and the final draft will be published.
Currently, only 269sqft tenements are offered for slums. It will increased by 31sqft per house. It has been a long-pending demand of the slum dwellers.
The draft rules state that concession has been offered even for the mandatory consent. As against current 70% approval mandate, 51% consent from the residents will be compulsory, once the new rules are made effective.
“We are hoping to complete the process in the next couple of months. Our target is to start implementation of the new rules from January 2022,” Rajendra Nimbalkar, CEO of SRA, said.
A provision of penalty has been made in the new rules if the developer delays the project. The amount collected from this penalty will be kept reserved for development and maintenance of SRA buildings.
Civic officials said the drop in the transfer of development rights (TDR) rates is hampering slum rehabilitation schemes. The slum rehabilitation authority (SRA) schemes are built mostly on the compensation of TDR and are finding very few takers.
Not many developers are coming forward to take up these projects. The TDR rates have gone down by around 40%. As many as 60 slum rehabilitation projects are affected due to the rate reduction.
The officials observed that as many as 125 projects are in pipeline while 60 are underway. A majority are dependent on the TDR. These rates had gone up to Rs 4,500 per sqft during peak consumption. It has come down to Rs 600 per sqft to Rs 1,000 per sqft.
The premium FSI and other instruments for compensation introduced in the unified development control rules have put the TDR on the back foot. Since TDR has no steep demand, developers are not coming forward to build the projects and accepting TDR as compensation.
So, the maximum FSI limit has been increased in the new rules. Currently only up to 3 FSI could be utilised in the project. After the new rules, there will be no such limits.