Maharashtra to introduce devt control rules to rural areas

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Mumbai, Feb 6 (PTI) Maharashtra Government is planningto introduce Development Control (DC) regulations for townsand rural areas on the lines of Mumbai to streamlineconstruction activities.

"Intending to restrict haphazard constructions, theUrban Development Department is planning to introduce DCregulations for A, B and C Municipalities," T C Benjamin,Principal Secretary of the Department, told PTI.

He said semi-urban and rural areas have no specificregulations like parking norms, fire and structural safetyrules and open areas, which have led to clumsy development.

Also, these areas do not have construction conceptslike floor space index (FSI), TDR (Transfer of DevelopmentRights), Benjamin added.

The recommendation about introduction DC rules in theother areas in the state apart from Mumbai came from a studygroup set up by the Government under the Director of TownPlanning. The group studied similar practises in Tamil Nadu,Karnataka and Gujarat, the official said.

A proposal in this regard has been sent to ChiefMinister Prithviraj Chavan for a final decision after whichsuggestions and objections would be invited, he said.

Once the final nod is received, municipal chiefs intowns and District Collectors in rural areas will get power togrant permission for building constructions, Benjamin said.

The provisions of DC regulations were created toensure controlled development in Mumbai and regulate the useof land for the large benefit of the community.

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