Maha govt will prioritise 10 project plans submitted by PCMC for changes in dev. plan

PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: The state government will give priority to 10 project plans submitted by Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) for changes in the development plan.

Municipal commissioner Dinesh Waghmare said, “The government will prepare a priority list of 10 of the 22 submitted proposals and decide. Some of the proposals include making changes in the BRT corridor, rules for constructions in floodline-affected areas and granting of 2.5 floor space index (FSI) for basic services for the urban poor schemes.”

Deputy director of town planning Prakash Thakur said the general body has been inviting proposals for making changes in the development control rules. They have also been conducting hearings and sending reports for a final approval to the urban development department, but a decision is pending since 2004.

A civic official said PCMC is developing eight bus rapid transit system routes and four feeder routes for improving public transport.

The BRTS routes are Sangvi-Kiwale (Aundh-Ravet) road, Mumbai-Pune highway, Nashik Phata-Wakad, Kalewadi Phata-Dehu Alandi road, Dehu-Alandi road, Nashik Phata- Indrayani river, Vishrantwadi-Alandi road and Telco road. The feeder routes are from the expressway to Bhakti Shakti chowk, Hinjewadi IT park to Talawade IT park, Spine Road and the road parallel to Aundh-Ravet Road.

PCMC had earlier prepared a BRTS corridor development policy for 1 FSI using Transfer of Development Right (TDR), by paying premium charges for 100m width on both sides of the corridor. However, there was no response from builders as it was costly to construct buildings using TDR and there were safety issues about the parking space provided to the civic body.

PCMC has made further changes in the corridor policy by increasing the width of the BRTS corridor to 200m on both sides of the route. Premium charges have also been made realistic and conditions for double parking have been scrappe. Meanwhile, the proposal for allowing 2.5 FSI to housing projects under the integrated housing and slum development project and basic services to urban poor has also been approved.

The state government has given priority to 10 proposals out of the total 22 which were sent by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation for making changes in the development plan or development control rules.

Municipal Commissioner Dinesh Waghmare said, “the state government officials said that they will prepare a priority list of 10 proposals from these and take a decision on them. Some of these selected proposals include making changes in the BRT corridor development policy, rules for constructions in floodline affected areas and granting of 2.5 FSI for basic services for the urban poor schemes.”

Prakash Thakur, deputy director of town planning, PCMC said, “The civic general body(GB) has been approving proposals for making changes in the development plan and development control rules for a long time. They have invited suggestions and objections and conducting a hearing on them and later sending its report for final approval to the urban development department of state government. But no decision has been taken on them by the state government for various reasons. There were 22 proposals since 2004 that are pending for approval with the state government.”

A civic official said that the civic body is developing four main BRT routes and 4 feeder routes in the municipal limits for improving public transport. The routes are Sangvi-Kiwale (Aundh-Ravet) road, Mumbai-Pune highway, Nashik Phata-Wakad, Kalewadi Phata-Dehu Alandi road, Dehu-Alandi road, Nashik Phata- Indrayani river, Vishrantwadi-Alandi road and Telco road. The four feeder routes are expressway to Bhakti Shakti chowk, Hinjewadi IT park to Talawade IT park, Spine road and road parallel to Aundh-Ravet road.

The civic body had earlier prepared BRT corridor development policy to allow additional 1 floor space index (FSI) using Transfer of Development Right (TDR) by paying premium charges in the 100 meter width on both sides of the corridor. This was necessary to increase population density and provide more passengers to the BRT project. TDR from any zone of the city can be used in the BRT corridor by the builder. However, there was no response from builders to these changes in the policy as it was costly to construct buildings using TDR and there were safety issues about the parking space to be provided to the civic body.

The civic administration made changes in the BRT corridor policy, that is to double the width of BRT corridor to 200 meter on both sides of the route. The premium charges have also been made realistic. The condition for providing double parking has been removed.

A proposal to allow 2.5 FSI to the housing projects under Integrated Housing and Slum Development Project (IHSDP) and Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP) so that maximum number of houses can be built for the poor, has also been approved.

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