The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has imposed a fifty-five-meter height restriction on production activity within the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport area, affecting a large housing inventory of over 10,000 residences and a large industrial area currently under construction throughout Navi Mumbai.
The fifty-five-meter top restriction set by the AAI has an impact on more than 300 housing and commercial projects in Navi Mumbai, which are spread over Airoli, Ghansoli, Vashi, Nerul, Sanpada, and Koparkhairane.
With the current upper limit, builders can construct up to 18 floors, but to consume the whole Floor Space Index, they’ll need the authorization to develop up to forty floors and beyond.
“We can create up to 10,000 residential dwellings, including 1, 2, and 3bhk, by utilizing the entire FSI, but the blanket upper restriction prevents us from producing more housing inventory.” This has an impact on homebuyers, the construction sector, and builders. We had made repeated requests to the AAI about it, but received no answer,” said Manohar Shroff, vice president of the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI), Navi Mumbai.
“Before applying for a graduation certificate from the local authority, all manufacturing efforts require AAI clearance. However, as of 2020, the AAI is only providing authorization for up to 50 meters within the jurisdiction of Navi Mumbai International Airport. Regardless of the nodes, we’re using,” Soyuz Talib, an architect in Navi Mumbai, noted.
Nodes like Sanpada, Vashi, Ghansoli, Airoli, and Koparkhairane, according to city developers and builders, do not even fall under the scope of NMIA. The inability to consume the entire FSI range of 2.5% to 5% depending on adjacent avenue width is impeding growth, profitability, and, most crucially, production of dwellings and industrial zones inside the metropolis.
“The AAI-imposed blanket top restriction of 55 meters throughout Navi Mumbai is harming the city’s real estate business. Furthermore, a few 30-story buildings have already been erected along Palm Beach Road, so why are there requirements for fresh new constructions now?” Mohan Gurnani, Chairman of the Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT), made the plea.
“We have nothing to do with Navi Mumbai Airport,” J B Singh, General Manager (Public Relations) AAI, said when approached. “Any top bounds under the scope of Navi Mumbai Airport are issued by the Maharashtra Government.”
When contacted, Priya Ratambe, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO), said, “AAI difficulties clearing on the peak difficulty based on their zones, red, orange, and green.” But I’ll put it to the test in this specific case.”
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