Raise FSI near stations: Ajit

MUMBAI: Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar wants higher floor space index (FSI) around the city’s railway stations.

The senior NCP politician made the suggestion on Friday. “Such a move will reduce congestion and pollution. Why can’t we think along these lines when we have started building new Metro rail stations?” he said.

Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Friday supported the idea of higher floor space index (FSI) such as up to 10-15 around the railway stations in Mumbai on the lines of the one consumed in other major cities across the world.

This according to Pawar would help reduce traffic, overall congestion, pollution. “Why can’t we think on these lines when we have already started building new metro rail stations in Mumbai and looking into the needs of urbanisation in the megacity,” he said.

While interacting with media Pawar said possibility of hiked FSI around stations should be explored to deal with increasing urbanization as had been done in America and Europe.

“Many foreign countries have used FSI up to 15 by upgrading the resources needed for urban settlements,” he added. Replying to a query over the political issues, Pawar said the final decision on alliance in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections would be decided by party supremo Sharad Pawar and Congress President Sonia Gandhi. “If state Congress leaders want to contest all the 48 seats independently, then they can go ahead,” he said.

When asked about the issue of regularizing illegal constructions under the new cluster policy in Mumbai and other cities, he said, “It outright regularization of all illegal constructions was not possible as strengthening civic amenities and public safety were key priorities for the government”. Ajit supported doling out concessions to promote affordable housing and make projects commercially viable and attractive, government will explore the scope within the legal framework,” he added. To a query regarding seat sharing for the general election, Ajit said NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Congress president Sonia Gandhi would decide on the distribution.