The state government has turned down the demand of the municipal corporation and city-based developers to ease the restrictions on using transfer development rights (TDR) for plots with road width less than 9m.
In the draft development control rules (DCR) framed in November last year, the state government had restricted the use of TDR for such plots. Moreover, the government had also linked the use of TDR with the actual plot size.
TDR means making available certain amount of additional built-up area in lieu of the area relinquished or surrendered by the owner of the land, so that he can use the extra built-up area either for himself or transfer it to another in need of the area for an agreed sum of money. It is designed to steer growth and not to limit or stop development.
Dhananjay Khot, additional director of town planning in the KMC, said, “During our meeting with the state authorities, we had strongly recommended to ease the restrictions and delink the use of TDR with the plot size. While the state government has completely delinked the use of TDR with the plot size, it has kept the restrictions on the use of TDR for plots with road width 6m and 7m. We are facing the issue of crunching residential space even as the plots are smaller in size.”
“In such cases, the use of TDR to develop land spaces is the convenient way to address the issue of reservations earmarked in the development plan,” Khot said.
The KMC has repeatedly said the merger of nearby villages will open a large tract of land for residential activities, which would eventually address several concerns. “The rules finalised by the government are compatible for the civic bodies having large tracts of open spaces. In such cases, layouts can be made with all the facilities in place. Besides, the citizens can also look forward to convenient living,” he added.
In the meantime, the developers have said the draft rules will halt construction activities in the city, which will be a major blow to the real estate market.
Mahesh Yadav, president of Credai (Kolhapur), said, “The TDR restrictions will eventually hamper the affordable housing projects. The plots of marginal sizes will never be developed. Despite delinking the plot size with loading of TDR, the policy will adversely affect the growth. The impact would be seen in the next six months.”
The developers said 0.20 increase in FSI for plots with roads more than 9m-wide will not yield much benefits because of scarce land resource.
The officials of CREDAI and the KMC have decided to write to the state government once again and convey their objections.
Change in FSI
Road width FSI
9m to 12m 0.40
12m to 18m 0.65
18m to 24m 0.90
The final policy
* Delink plot size with TDR loading
* Increase of FSI by 0.20 for any plot size
* Restriction of loading TDR for plot size with road width less than 9m to stay
The rules finalised by the government are compatible for the civic bodies having large tracts of open spaces. In such cases, layouts can be made with all the facilities in place. Besides, the citizens can also look forward to convenient living
Dhananjay Khot, asst director of town planning