Review FAR norms to allow better use of scarce land, Centre tells states

NEW DELHI: The Centre has directed states to review the floor area ratio (FAR) and floor space index (FSI) norms in 53 mega cities for better utilisation of scarce land. Increasing the two parameters will allow more compact residential development in cities.

 

Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri made this announcement on Saturday while addressing a conference on New Metro Rail policy. FAR and FSI are the ratio of a building’s total floor area to the size of the piece of land upon which it is built.

 

Referring to the recent recommendation of NITI Aayog for relaxation of FSI and FAR norms in urban areas to give a push to urban development, Puri asked ministry officials to take up a time-bound review of these norms in all the million-plus cities and also for state capitals even if they have less than million population. The minister also directed the officials to identify short and long term interventions to be taken up for improving infrastructure pertaining to ensuring water supply, sewerage systems and road spaces.

 

The career diplomat, who was recently inducted as the minister in-charge of urban affairs said, “In 1984, Shanghai had only 3.65 sq metre of space per person. Through liberal use of FSI, despite increase in population since 1984, the city had increased the available space to 34 sq metre per person. In contrast, in 2009, Mumbai on average had just 4.5 sq metre of space per person.”

 

He added that increasing the availability of land in urban areas is critical to meet the demand for affordable housing under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). Puri said compact, dense and vertical urban ‘densification’ is beneficial to both the citizens given the rising demand for urban spaces and urban mass transit systems being developed and proposed to be developed.

 

Puri also said it’s paradoxical that while the developed countries and particularly, the Nordic countries like Norway are going back to cycles, developing countries including India are relying more on cars. He said investment in developing cycling and walking pathways makes good urban investment. Referring to his first posting in Tokyo, the minister recalled that even CEOs of leading companies use metros and other means of public transport there.

 

Source: Times of India
Dated:16th September 2017

 

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