NOIDA: Following a board meeting held in October last year, Noida Authority has proposed to amend its building bye-laws 2010. Having issued a public notice for incorporating the revisions, the Authority on Wednesday sought objections and suggestions for the proposed modifications from the public after which it will seek approval from Uttar Pradesh state government. The amendment foresees increasing density of residential area on group housing plots.
However, residents of Noida have opposed the amendment, which will increase density of residential units in group housing plots above 1650 persons per hectare (ppha). They have shot down the proposal citing Noida already being congested and an increased density in population would put pressure on existing infrastructure and basic amenities. “We have recorded the objections raised by the residents, which will be presented in the next board meeting after being evaluated and resolved,” Deepak Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Noida Authority told TOI. “Our observations will then be forwarded to the state government before we can implement the revision,” he explained.
Speaking to media, Shailandar Baranwal, one of the residents who had raised the objections during the meeting on Wednesday with the Noida Authority’s planning and building cell departments said that the master plan of a city is a city development plan, which has already been designed and approved.
“Basic design data for the master plan is based on the physical, socio-economic surveys and prevailing building bye-laws. Based on this basic data the calculation of total land requirement for different uses and population of the city is fixed,” he explained. “On the basis of this, population and available land area, infrastructural facilities all over the city are defined. Any change in the building by-laws will change the overall character of the city. Hence in our opinion the change in building bye-laws, more particularly in density, will change the population of the city. This changed population will affect the provisions of various infrastructural facilities besides causing burden on them,” he said. “We have objected to this,” he added.
The amendments in building byelaws have also proposed that additional proportionate residential units be allowed on purchasable FAR for group housing plots. “Maximum density after purchasable FAR is allowed to group housing plots after amendment is proposed to be 1650 ppha. But as per our information the Noida Authority has already allowed a density of 1732 ppha since year 2012. How has this been done? Is the authority seeking approval from the public after builders have already been allowed to increase the number of units,” he asked. “We have demanded that a committee be formed and all such cases be examined for violation and appropriate action be taken against them,” Barnwal added.
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