There will be a hefty price to pay for deviating from the sanctioned building plan. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to keep the ownership of the ground floor of a building that deviates from the original sanctioned plan. The rule will be application for all buildings of ground plus four storeys and above.
Interestingly, the Hyderabad municipality had tried this method a decade ago and found it to work brilliantly.
The civic body has found that when time comes to get the occupancy certificate, nearly 60 per cent of properties in the city would have deviated from the approved structure. The new mode of penalty, the BBMP hopes, would act as a strong deterrent. Experts believe it would also help in streamlining construction activities in
BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said changes to the sanctioned plan have become all too common. “Deviations are one of the biggest headaches after building plans are sanctioned. Genuine buyers are also affected by this problem. Henceforth, when builders come to BBMP to get their construction plan approved, they will have to register the ground floor in BBMP’s name. Once the construction is completed and at the time of issuance of the occupancy certificate, the ground floor will be released to the builder or developer,” he said.
Town planning experts have termed this decision to be one of the strongest ones taken by the BBMP Commissioner.
“This rule was implemented in Hyderabad in 2006. It stated that the ownership of 10 per cent of the total built-up area would remain with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) in case of deviations. It had exempted smaller buildings [ground-plus-one and those with area not more than 200 square metres],” said Sai, a technical expert from the town planning wing of GHMC, adding that the move had tremendously helped.
Credits Bangalore Mirror