Chennaiites have often shown resistance to surrendering open space reservation (OSR) area, meant for public facilities like parks, to the local body for their upkeep. Instead, they encroach upon it for their personal use. Some offer to maintain it on their own with a view to restricting public entry into it.
The regulatory body, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, in a recent order said that floor space index (FSI is the ratio of built-up area to land area) of OSR land in sub-divided residential plots (where a large land is subdivided into smaller plots) would be accorded to the residual plots. It would be accorded proportionate to the extent of the area of each plot.
While calculating the permissible FSI for allowing construction in a plot in an approved sub-divided land, the effective FSI of the land will be normal FSI of the land plus the FSI of the OSR calculated on a pro rata basis.
The CMDA, while approving subdivisions of land in future will allocate the share of OSR FSI for each plot. The regulatory body has kept an upper limit of eight plots for awarding such benefits, meaning if the sub-divided plots are more in number, they would not be eligible to avail FSI of the OSR land. Also, FSI of OSR can be transferred to the residual plots only in case of subdivision of plots and not in the case of approved residential layouts.
These benefits will be available for even earlier approved sub-divisions, provided the plots are vacant and no building has come up yet.
In the case of apartment projects, the regulatory agency has been allowing developers to avail FSI of the OSR land on the balance area of development.
Lift connectivity to terrace permitted
Many in Chennai have wondered as to why is that lifts never take one to the roof top of city buildings. Apparently, rules never permitted it.
Reacting to a plea from the Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (Credai), Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority has now passed an order permitting developers to provide lift access to terrace floor of buildings.
Credai's contention, while demanding relaxation of norms for lifts, was that it would enable senior citizens and physically challenged to have access to terrace. It is also in line with the government's policy of providing a barrier-free environment to all. While relaxing the norms, CMDA has said that it would be subject to the developer adhering to safety norms and it would be decided by the member secretary of CMDA.
In the case of residential development, the developer will have to give an undertaking to the CMDA that the terrace floor would not be converted for any other use.