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CMDA toes government line on premium FSI

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Chennai’s skyline will change when premium FSI comes into force.
Chennai’s skyline will change when premium FSI comes into force.

A.Srivathsan

CHENNAI: The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority that was earlier opposed to the introduction of premium FSI (Floor Space Index) within the city has changed its position and toed the State government line.

This decision overrules the objections raised by the Commissioner of Municipal Administration, Commissioner of Town Panchayats, Commissioner of Town and Country Planning and Chennai Metro Rail against premium FSI within the city.

The concept of premium FSI did not figure in the draft second master plan put up for public consultations in April 2007.

Neither was it introduced nor discussed at various consultative meetings and expert committees.

The CMDA’s reasoning was that Chennai city is congested and should not be burdened further.

On October 26, 2007, when the public opinion and expert views were consolidated and presented at the (CMDA) Authority meeting, chaired by Information Minister and CMDA Chairperson Parithi Illamvazhuthi, the concept of premium FSI was introduced.

This meeting resolved to introduce premium FSI and recommended to the government to include it in the second master plan and notify it.

At a meeting of stakeholders comprising predominantly of experts and government departments on October14, 2008, several authorities opposed premium FSI in the city. A resolution was passed in the Authority meeting held on October 22, 2008 and the government informed.

However, a special meeting convened by the Minister on December 4, 2008 did not accept the CMDA recommendations and sent them back for reconsideration.

A stakeholders’ meeting convened on January 12 stated that the earlier recommendations against premium FSI within the city should be reiterated because of the growing magnitude of traffic problems.

But the Authority meeting on January 22 this year resolved to implement premium FSI in Chennai city.

It has sent a letter informing the government about its new resolution, according to information made available in response to a petition filed under the Right to Information Act.

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