Now, Mumbaikars can install lifts right up to the terrace in their buildings

Updated: Nov 21, 2017, 12:31 IST | A Correspondent

Even existing buildings can have them after a premium for the lack of available Floor Space Index is paid

Soon after coming up with the rooftop restaurants policy, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to allow lifts upto the open terraces of city buildings. One could access only the top floor of a building by a lift and had to take the staircase to climb further up. Now constructions will be planned with a lift going right up to the terrace.

Civic chief Ajoy Mehta on Monday signed the policy change so that accessibility to terraces increases. Representation pic
Civic chief Ajoy Mehta on Monday signed the policy change so that accessibility to terraces increases. Representation pic

Civic chief Ajoy Mehta on Monday signed the policy change so that accessibility to terraces increases. The changes are likely to be reflected in the Development Control Rules of 1991 and will be put in place in the upcoming Development Plan 2034. The policy was formed to have more open space accessibility to the citizens.

Interestingly, not just the new buildings in the city, but even existing buildings can have lifts after paying a premium for the lack of available Floor Space Index. Lifts upto the terrace will also be allowed in buildings up to 16 metres in the island city. However, a structural stability report will have to be submitted in case an existing building wants to elevate a lift up to the terrace.

Civic officials said in case a building is in an area that has height restriction set by the Civil Aviation, then in such cases the norms of the department will have to be adhered to. A senior civic official said, “There were several requests to make this change so that terraces could be made accessible, and now civic chief has approved the policy. It will enable the differently-abled and senior citizens among others to access terraces and enjoy recreational facilities.”


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