At Chennai, approval not required for STP in small apartment-complexes

CHENNAI: Builders planning apartment complexes will find the process much more simple.

To cut red tape, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) has done away with the need for a nod for Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) design for permission for complexes with 50 dwelling units in areas without a sewage network.

Till now, builders had to attach receipt of the no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Metrowater) for STP design while applying for approval.

Now a written assurance at the design stage will do.

CMDA in a recent order said builders can submit the NOC after completion. “If the applicant gives an undertaking that he will obtain clearance from [Metrowater] for the STP location and design before commencing construction and construct accordingly without violating development regulation norms, planning permission may be released and the applicants may be permitted to produce the NOC obtained from [Metrowater] at the time of completion certificate,” said the order.

Builders planning more than six dwelling units in Chennai Metropolitan Area (CMA) limits must get, before construction, nod from CMDA that comprises localities under Greater Chennai Corporation and some suburbs in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts. As per development regulation norms, proposals for construction in areas lacking a sewerage system should include plans for an STP whose design and location must be approved by Metrowater. The NOC from Metrowater has to be incorporated with the plan for approval by CMDA. It insisted on this to ensure builders did not deviate from the STP plan. The construction of the STP would be checked during the completion certificate stage.

According to official sources, the order applies to building complexes that will have between seven and 50 dwelling units.

Builder associations claim that between 10% and 20% of flat developers in and around Chennai invest in this segment. National Association of Realtors South Zone Head Sudhakar said the new order would help reduce the cost incurred due to delays caused in obtaining NOC.

“We welcome the move as it is in the right direction and will benefit developers,” he said.

Credits ET Realty

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