Maharashtra govt amends Development Control Rules

Maharashtra Government announced amendments in the DCR of Mumbai, which it said, was in the interest of property buyers in the megapolis.

Mumbai: Maharashtra Government on Tuesday announced amendments in the Development Control Rules (DCR) of Mumbai, which it said, was in the interest of property buyers in the megapolis.
Addressing a press conference before the election code
of conduct for 10 municipal corporations, including Mumbai,
and 27 zilla parishads, came into force, Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan said that the amendments would not only
establish a level-playing field for developers, but also
reduce arbitrary decision making.

"It will bring an element of certainty among investors
and will lead to reduction in property prices," he said.

Under the new DCR, areas of balcony, flower-beds,
terraces, voids, niches would be counted in the FSI. To
compensate for this loss of free of FSI areas, the government
has allowed compensatory fungible FSI to the extent of 35 per
cent for residential development and 20 per cent for
industrial and commercial development.
Fungible FSI is usable like any other FSI. It can be
used for making flower-beds, voids or for constructing bigger
habitable areas.

Explaining the highlights of the DCR amendments, the
chief minister said that no premium would be charged for
fungible FSI to be used for rehabilitation component under
re-development of cessed buildings under 33 (7) and 33 (9). In
suburbs, where buildings are not cessed, the fungible FSI on
the FSI already consumed in the existing buildings, will be
available free of premium.

This will help The Maharashtra Housing Area
Development Authority (MHADA) developments as also the regular
proposals for the re-development of the existing buildings
using TDR in suburbs, he added.

Chavan said parking will be available not only
according to the provisions of the DCR, but 25 per cent more
at the option of the developer. "This will be without premium
and without being counted in the FSI,"He added.

Open space requirements for development of small plots
under 33 (7), which is re-development of cessed buildings has
been relaxed. The requirement under the new rules will only be
1.5 meters open space on all sides of the plot measuring 600
sq meters or less.

This relaxation will be available for the development
of small plots under 33 (10), he added.

Requirement of two staircases for buildings above 24
meters has been relaxed for buildings up to 70 meters of
height and in case the floor plate of buildings is less than
500 meters. Restrictions on the number of basements for
parking has been removed.

Reconstruction, based on the percentage of the area,
where loft can be constructed in a room, has been done away
with. For buildings above 70 meters, provision has been made
for emergency evacuation device and also construction of fire
check floor, to stop spread of fire on other floors.
Reduction of floor height in residential flats and
shops from 4.2 meter to 3.9 meter, will eliminate the need to
inspect illegal mezzanine floors, he added.

Chavan said, balcony was free till now and could only
be given on cantilever projection under the DC regulation.
There have been cases, where balcony has been made without
cantilever projection in the past by violating the FSI rules.

Keeping in view that the balcony was being given free
of premium, the government has reduced the rates of premium on
fungible FSI to 60 per cent of the ready reckoner rate, he