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Namma Metro wants taller buildings, denser transit corridors for Bengaluru development - Report

Infra News - Published on Fri, 17 May 2019

Image Source: The Economic Times
ET reported that Namma Metro’s draft policy on transit-oriented development is earning both bouquets and brickbats. From allowing construction of taller buildings to imposing cess on vacant land, the yet-to be-approved policy proposes a higher density of development along the transit corridors of the city. The draft Bengaluru Transit-Oriented Development Policy, uploaded on the Metro’s website for public feedback, is expected “to come into force with immediate effect from the date of its official acceptance by the government of Karnataka.” The policy is applicable for Bengaluru Metropolitan Region (BMR).

The transport utility plans to offer higher FSI (more than the permissible construction) on plots located on either side of mass transit corridors (up to 1,000 metres). This, officials believe, will heighten convenience; reduce trip lengths and private vehicle use and result in higher patronage of sustainable modes, that is , walking, cycling and public transport.

The higher FSI has been proposed on plots with a minimum size of 1,000 square metres and minimum road width of 18 metres. “For other plot sizes and road widths, a minimum of 20% higher than existing FSI shall be considered,” the policy states.

The policy also encourages amalgamation and reconstitution of plots for higher FSI. While favouring relaxation of setbacks and coverage wherever appropriate, the policy has exempted historical, cultural and environmentally sensitive areas from densification.

Ms Radha Chanchani, a researcher at WRI India, said the draft policy on TOD has got several good points, including its emphasis on non-motorised transport such as walking and cycling infrastructure. She, however, said blanket floor area ration (FAR) provisions around stations should not be done without first assessing existing consumed FAR, population density, development potential and infrastructure carrying capacity.

She said that “The FAR and densities should be assessed as part of individual station area plans. The provision for increasing FAR by minimum 20% on all plot sizes and road widths up to 12m without assessment can be especially problematic.”

Mr Leo Saldanha, coordinator at Environment Support Group, a nonprofit said Namma Metro does not have the legal mandate to prepare such proposals. “The BMRCL assumes that everyone who lives and works in buildings closer to stations will ride the Metro and thus make the Metro viable. What if those who occupy these new properties do not take to public transport? Can our streets support the load?” he said. He also said the densification could pose challenges for water supply and sanitary infrastructure.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 17 May 2019
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