By Surendra Gangan www.dnaindia.com
To expedite the work of the second phase of the Metro railway, the Urban Development Department has decided to offer Transfer of Development Right (TDR) of 25% to the landowners of the slums that have proved impeding in the alignment of the Metro route.
This is for the first time that the government authorities have decided to release TDR to the encroached and impeding structures including the slum obstructing the alignment of the Metro between Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan cleared the file on Thursday, allotting the TDR facility to the land owners on which the slums are standing. “The TDR was applicable so far to the plots that are with fencing and levelled. With this decision, the owners of the slums and encroached structures will also get 25% TDR to facilitate the alignment of the vital projectslike Metro, flyovers,” said an official from UDD.
This means if the plot area is of 1,000 square km, the TDR allotted to the land owner would be equivalent to 250 sq km.
The officer said that the cent percent TDR was not possible as the rehabilitation cost comes to 75% of the plot area. “The rehabilitation expenditure comes to 75% as per the formula worked out by our department. The same formula is applied for the cluster redevelopment under 33 (9) of Development Control Rule,”the official said.
He claimed that this would help the Mumbai Metro project acquire the land that has proved to be impediment.
The decision was taken after the High Court directed the UDD to clear its standon the incentives to the slum structures obstructing the Metro routes.