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Transportation Plan For Mumbai

The Maharashtra government is planning to make it mandatory for real estate developers to reserve 20% of area in a plot of more than 2,000 sq.metres for affordable housing.

Chief Minister and Housing Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that developers preparing a layout of more than 2,000 sq meters, will have to set aside at least 30 to 50 sq mt area. While in large housing society of more than 2,000 sq m, 20 percent of the flats with sizes ranging from 27.88 sq m to 45 sq m would have to be reserved. However, there will be no cap on the prices of flats, and rates will be determined by market conditions. In exchange for this reservation, the developers will get incentive FSI in the ratio of the low cost houses built. However, the rule would only be applicable for housing properties and projects, being developed by municipal corporation and councils in cities and towns.

The plots and flats will be purchased by MHADA at construction cost and sold to needy persons through lottery system. Chavan said due to this initiative, affordable houses will be made available in large numbers which will help to control the real estate prices as well. Development Control (DC) rules of municipal corporations and municipal councils will be amended to incorporate the necessary changes.

However, the proposed scheme is likely to witness stiff opposition from most realty developers because it is is not a feasible option for small-sized plots. Moreover, combining low-income projects with luxury apartments will not be commercially viable as the low-income buyer will find it hard to pay for high maintainance which is associated with these luxury projects.

Meanwhile the  Builders Association of India (BAI) has sought Chavan’s intervention in redevelopment of old and dilapidated housing societies, and also those in the MHADA layout, besides rehabilitation of slum dwellers. BAI claimed that redevelopment projects in all Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority layouts have come to a grinding halt and no proposals under the new policy have come up since last September as proposals under changed policy are not at all commercially viable.

In a separate development regarding the housing industry in the state, Maharashtra government’s decision to increase the Ready Reckoner (RR) rates in the city and the state is further likely to affect the property sales which remained subdued in 2011, industry apex body MCHI said on Monday. The state government has recently hiked the ready reckoner rates for both residential and commercial properties in the city, ranging between five and thirty percent, with effect from 1 January. Ready Reckoner is used to calculate the market value of a property for stamp duty and registration charges. Therefore, any escalation in them results in higher stamp duty. “Already the stamp duty collection has fallen by over 30 percent in the last year due to low sales of property. Any more financial burden on the customer is bound to affect the sales further and this goes against the government’s policy of providing affordable housing to the shelterless,” Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) President Paras Gundecha said. The government has based its RR calculus on the built-up area, a deviation from its decision of 2008 when it was based on the carpet area of a property. Government charges stamp duty on built up area while it asks the developers to charge by carpet area. “The overall difference between carpet and built up does not work out to be more than 10 per cent. But the government calculates the built up at 20 per cent more than the carpet area. This way, the customer lands up paying more from his pocket,” he explained.

dna exclusive: Metro operator won't reply to RTIs; even MMRDA can't get info

dna exclusive: Metro operator won’t reply to RTIs; even MMRDA can’t get info

After a series of safety concerns over the Mumbai Metro, there’s more worry for Mumbaikars as Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd (MMOPL) is unwilling to share public documents or basic details not only with the citizens but also with Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the government agency partner.

At least three Right to Information (RTI) applications…

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Mumbai metro: Phase II.

Mumbai metro: Phase II.

The Government of Maharashtra through the MMRDA, in order to improve the traffic and transportation scenario in Mumbai and to cater to the future travel needs in the next 2-3 decades began exploring the viability of various alternative mass transit systems which are efficient, economically viable and environment friendly.  In this context, Mumbaikars were blessed with Metro running between…

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Rekha, 59First film: Sawan Bhadon (1970) Last seen in: Sadiyaan (2010), Upcoming film: Super Nani 

It was a rare moment for Bollywood buffs and industry insiders - veteran actors Rekha and Jaya Bachchan were caught greeting each other warmly at an awards function where megastar Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with a lifetime achievement award. At the Life OK Screen Awards held here Tuesday, Rekha was seated and enjoying the show when the Bachchan trio of Amitabh, Jaya and Abhishek came in midway through the event. While Abhishek was busy giving out media bytes on the red carpet to the electronic media, Jaya walked in whereas Amitabh was talking to a guest. Jaya came forward and saw Rekha but instead of walking away or avoiding her the duo exchanged a warm smile, said a source. Rekha got up and greeted Jaya who also clasped the former’s hand amicably. Both the screen icons looked resplendent in gorgeous pink saris and sparkling jewels at the event held at the MMRDA grounds here. At one time Big B and Rekha shared a roaring chemistry on and off the screen. Their last Bollywood project together was Yash Chopra’s 1981 entertainer Silsila which also starred Jaya. But since then, the duo who acted in films like Namak Haraam, Do Anjaane, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Mr. Natwarlal, Suhaag and Khoon Pasina, have not worked together. At the 20th edition of the Screen Awards, Amitabh was recognised for his over four decades of contribution to the world of Hindi cinema. Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra and actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha handed over the special award to the 71-year-old. Source: Hindustan TimesImage

Four years on, Bandra skywalk in shambles

It may be the first skywalk in the city, but this has not helped ensure that it has been maintained properly. Broken and missing tiles which can cause pedestrians to trip and fall, broken steps on staircases which have edges sharp enough to draw blood, missing tube lights on some stretches, lax security and occasional encroachments by hawkers. This is the state of the skywalk at Bandra (East) which was commissioned in 2008 by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

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dna exclusive: Is RInfra’s Mumbai metro a top secret project?

dna exclusive: Is RInfra’s Mumbai metro a top secret project?

Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) that operates the Mumbai metro between Versova and Ghatkopar has couched its operation in such secrecy that it is unwilling to share documents or basic details with not just the public but even its government partner, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

RInfra being a private organisation does…

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Flyer for the foot

The ever growing population of Mumbai is putting lots of pressure on the existing infrastructure especially on the transportation segment. Traffic snarls are common in Mumbai and the rights of pedestrians is often breached by the vehicle owners and hawkers, who have encroached the foothpath. Mumbai suburbs such as Dadar, Bandra, Andheri and Borivali are marked with congestion problem mainly near the station area. The station area is marked with chaos as the commuters both entering and exiting the station premises make a beeline which the existing bridges and entry/exit points cannot handle. Moving / parked vehicles outside the station and hawkers selling their wares add to this congestion and the ultimate result is lack of leg space for people to move.

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MMRDA makes a profit from Bandra skywalk

MUMBAI: The skywalk project has started yielding profits for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) which is raking in Rs 8,2 crore as advertisement revenue for the Bandra East and West skywalks.

The MMRDA’s joint project director, Dilip Kawathkar, said they were expecting to generate more funds from the city’s other skywalks. “There are 30 skywalks in the city which are being used by a million people. Some of them are in premium revenue generating spots and we hope to use the funds generated for development projects in the city and region,” he said.

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