Tendulkar bungalow: Thackeray takes on govt
Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president, Raj Thackeray, today slammed the state Government for denying extra Floor Space Index (FSI) to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, for his under-construction bungalow.
“It is very shameful of the government to refuse a small amount of FSI to a world-known player like Sachin. He wanted to buy the FSI and had applied in a legal way,” Thackeray told reporters.
The architectural firm in charge of construction had requested the urban development department to allow the construction of a gymnasium, outside the available FSI, on the top floor of the four-storey house on Perry Cross Road in suburban Bandra. The department rejected the request last week.
“There are many outsiders in the city, staying illegally in slums. But the Government makes it legal or provides them with 300 sq ft of free housing (each). Then why Sachin’s demand was not fulfilled, when he approached the government in a legal way?”Thackeray asked.
Taking a dig at the chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, Raj said, “Would Chavan clear away illegal constructions in the city if I brought them to his notice?”
Tendulkar’s request for additionalFSI was rejected by the government because the construction of 8998 sq ft house had consumed the available FSI fully. FSI is a ratio between the built-up area and the plot area.
Also, under the Development Control (DC) rules, only the cooperative societies are given additional FSI for a gymnasium or similar structures, urban development department sources said.
Sachin not allowed to build gym in house
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar’s dream of having a gymnasium at his new under-construction home in Bandra has been “clean bowled” by the Maharashtra government. ( Read: Sachin Tendulkar bats for home gym, eyes state sop )
The architectural firm, in charge of Tendulkar’s house, had requested the Urban Development Department (UDD) to allow the construction of the gym free of Floor Space Index (FSI) on the top floor of the four-storey building at Perry Cross Road.
However, the UDD is not in favour of the proposal as the FSI approved for the 8,998 sq ft plot is one, which means the constructed area cannot exceed the plot area. FSI is the ratio between the built-up area and the plot area.
“The construction has already consumed its full FSI and it also falls under CRZ rule 1967 of zone II, since the house was purchased in 2008,” a source from the UDD said.
Also under the Development Control (DC) rules, only the cooperative societies are given additional FSI for a gymnasium but this is an individual’s property and hence it is not possible to permit more FSI, the source said.
The UDD has moved the file of the request, with negative remarks, to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who is also the minister of the Department, for a final decision.
Tendulkar’s grand house will have a huge parking area, spacious guest rooms and a swimming pool on the top floor.
After reconstruction, it will have 10 rooms. The ground floor will have three rooms plus parking facilities, the first floor will have two large guest rooms, the bedroom and the children’s rooms will be on the second and third floors respectively, while the fourth floor will boast of a swimming pool.
The house, which was built in 1920 and owned a Parsi family, was purchased by Tendulkar for Rs 39 crore in 2008.