THANE: The city planners have approved a sweeping set of parking-use and construction rules that could change the face of Thane. The civic general body on Thursday passed without an iota of discussion sweeping changes to underground parking rules, guidelines governing permissions for temporary construction, offering of transferable development rights (TDR) for green zone, removing cap on loading of TDR, and finally removing restriction on internal changes allowed in a flat.
The general body (GB) of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) also passed state government's notification on additional .33 floor space index (FSI), which a builder could buy after paying a premium. The GB also cleared the final route for a High Capacity Mass Transit Route (HCMTR) pending for a long time.
The TMC has proposed that multi-level podium parking, stack parking and ramps be permitted underneath buildings, recreational ground and play grounds across city. The stack parking facility will be permitted for any plot having an area of less than 2,000 sq m, for plots over that size multi-level podium be permitted with height not more than 4.2 mm along with adequate ramps. The TMC also altered rules for temporary construction on a site, which was so far allowed only for six months. Now, this could be for an unlimited period and permissions can be obtained from senior officers apart from municipal commissioner. Officials hope this will facilitate repair and renovation of old buildings.
The TMC also amended the crucial Appendix W of development control rules (DCR) to remove the existing cap of 0.8 on TDR currently allowed on a plot in new Thane and 0.4 on land in old Thane.This simply means a developer or holder of TDR certificate will be able to use floor space index (FSI) credit on a receiving plot without worrying about any restrictions on the maximum available development potential of his plot. It will also now allow TDR in the green zone. An estimated 3,400 hectares of land, an area equivalent of 4,000 standard-sized football fields, currently is locked in green zone around Thane creek and the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) rules. This is roughly 15% of the total Thane land.