Panel discussion on: ‘Route to sustainable cities: FSI and Planning organized by Indian Merchants’ Chamber by aakhil01


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Panel discussion on: ‘Route to sustainable cities: FSI and Planning organized by Indian Merchants’

Mumbai, 22 November 2012: Indian Merchants’ Chamber had organized a Panel Discussion on
“Route to sustainable cities: FSI and Urban Planning,” today at the library lounge, IMC building,

Says Sunil Mantri, CMD, Sunil Mantri Group, “Compared to major cities in the world and
considering the density of population, Mumbai needs to have more FSI.” Moreover, he adds,
“whatever money collected from the buyer of a property by way of stamp duty and other forms of
taxes should be invested in the infrastructure developments rather than spending on other

Speaking on the ‘Use and abuse of FSI,’ Shirish Patel, Chairman Emeritus, Shirish Patel and
Associates Consultants Private Ltd, compared the prevailing FSI in the United States, France and
other major cities in India. Observing the creation of residential complexes, he said, “the lay outs
differ dramatically across cities and even within the cities. For a full picture, we need to know the
number of floors and impressions from a walk about.” He also cited the task of drawing up a lay out,
by mentioning the kind of locality one needs to have, dimensions including arterial transport and
building regulations.

Vidyadhar K. Phatak, Former Principal Chief Town and Country Planning division, MMRDA dwelt
elaborately on functioning of Economics of FSI and Urban Spaces, wherein he emphasized on how
demand and supply plays an important role in developing sustainable cities. He asserted that
sustainable cities must sustain people. He acquainted the audience by saying that how people make
choices with their incomes and budgets; market that presents options at different prices. Mr. Pathak
added, "The indices when used as controlling tools, can succeed in a narrow range.” He stressed that
“Planning cannot therefore be axiomatic, but based on the understanding of behaviour in the

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