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BMC to restrict building heights near Malabar Hill

The BMC has proposed to ban construction of buildings taller than 21.35 mts, that may obstruct the view of Marine Drive, Backbay from Malabar Hill’s gardens. This means buildings taller than 6-7 floors won’t be constructed in areas surrounding Malabar Hill, lest they block the view of the iconic sites there. Similar provisions have been made for areas surrounding aerodromes, railway tracks, etc, for security purposes.

The BMC released the remaining chapters of its draft Development Control Regulations 2034 on Sunday. The DCR is the most important planning document for the city which dictates the development of real estate in the city. The chapters released on Saturday are on general building requirements, FSI and additional FSI. Besides, additions were made to the chapters on land use provisions and special provisions. According to chapter VIII on building requirements (section 45 of the DCR), there will now be a restriction on development of certain areas of the city. This includes the proposed ban on height of buildings. The idea is to create a funnel of vision or an invisible boundary of an air space starting from two Malabar Hill gardens to Marine Drive to make sure its view is not blocked. Thus two funnels of vision have been identified, starting from Phirozeshah Mehta garden that looks upon Marine Drive towards its west. One of them is the inner funnel while the other is the outer funnel. No development will be allowed on the inner funnel while a height restriction will be imposed on buildings on the outer funnel.

Similarly a funnel of vision has been created starting from Kamala Nehru Park to ensure unobstructed view of Marine Drive. The chapter says ‘No building shall in this funnel of vision be raised or erected to the height of more than 21.35 m or such lesser height as the Commissioner may prescribe which would include the terrace, staircase or lift room, elevated water storage tank or any other building feature. Provided that the Commissioner may, with the prior approval of the Government, permit a building more than 21.35 m high after due consideration of the contours of the area, surrounding developments and plot location, the objective being not to obstruct the view within the funnel of vision.’


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