Navi Mumbai : Along with cluster redevelopment in Thane and Navi Mumbai, the State government has finally sanctioned redevelopment of CIDCO-built housing colonies here.
However, the redevelopment work will not take off for now as the Model Code of Conduct is already in force. Opposition parties wanted to make FSI (floor space index) for dilapidated structures as one of the key poll issues against the State government in general and senior NCP leader and Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik in particular.
Naik was pursuing the matter with the State government since 2004 when Vilasrao Deshmukh was Chief Minister. Even during 2009 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, he had assured voters of resolving the contentious issue. But now when CIDCO had cleared the 3 FSI proposals subsequent to the State government’s approval of cluster development for Thane and 4 FSI for Gaothan areas, the Thane Guardian Minister has sought more clarity on the decision.
Naik had raised eyebrows on CIDCO proposal. It is learnt that out of 3 FSI, 1.5 FSI will be used for original occupants and remaining 1.5 shared by CIDCO and the developer. “If it is accepted, CIDCO will make profits, but it may make a compromise on the quality of the building, constructed with this shared FSI,” the Minister said the other day at a media briefing on cluster development, held at Navi Mumbai Sports Association building.
It may be a ploy of CIDCO to delay the redevelopment process, alleged a source in the know of the development. “It may end up in a long battle,” he added. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) had in May 2012 cleared proposal of 2.5 FSI for dilapidated CIDCO-built buildings and 4 FSI for Gaothan areas and the same was sent to Mantralaya for approval. CIDCO (the owner of the land), on the other hand, opposed the move, saying it was not necessary in NMMC area. Experts now question the CIDCO approval for 3 FSI.
However, occupants of dilapidated buildings will have to wait till the completion of Lok Sabha polls.
The Thane Guardian Minister, on the other hand, is confident that the long-pending issue of FSI for dilapidated structures will be resolved before commencement of the State Assembly elections, scheduled in October 2014.