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Construction : Web Exclusive | September 2017 | Source : CW-India

Housing and Urban Affairs Minister seeks review of FSI and FAR norms in mega cities

Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri recently directed a review of Floor Space Index (FSI) and Floor Area Ratio (FAR) norms in mega cities to ensure better utilisation of scarce urban land resources in the context of rapid urbanisation in the country.

According to a release by the Press Information Bureau, the minister addressed senior officials from different states and chief executives of Metro Rail Corporations from across the country at a National Dissemination Workshop on New Metro Rail Policy. The minister released the new policy which was approved by the Union Cabinet last month.

Puri referred to the recommendation of NITI Ayog for relaxation of FSI and FAR norms in urban areas to give a push to urban development and has reportedly asked the ministry officials to take up a time-bound review of these norms in all the 53 cities with a population of one million and above each. It is known that he has also suggested a similar review for state capitals with less than million population each in due course.

The review to be taken up in consultation with states and cities is to cover an assessment of the existing norms and to what extent it could be enhanced. The minister has also directed to identify short and long term interventions to be taken up in respect of improving infrastructure pertaining to ensuring water supply and sewerage systems, road spaces, etc.

As per the PIB release, Puri also noted that 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. 

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