Rajasthan told to update model building bye-laws

JAIPUR: The builders in the state might be able to obtain all the required permissions, including environment clearance, under one roof.

After releasing the model building bye-laws 2016, the secretary with ministry of urban development wrote a letter to the state to update building bye-laws with a modern outlook. Following this, the state has initiated an exercise to examine these new bye-laws.

The ministry’s letter reads, “The ministry realised that there is an urgent need to update the model building bye-laws, especially in view of growing environmental concerns and focus on ease of doing business.”

A senior UDH official said that once implemented in the state, the new bye-laws will provide a structural framework for single window integrated building plan approval process. The maximum time limit for all kinds of building approvals will be 30 days after which the approval can be considered ‘deemed’.

The model building bye-laws will also provide for the integration of various types of environmental considerations. The new laws apply to three categories of buildings based on their built-up area – 5,000 to 20,000 square metres; 20,000 to 50,000 square metres and 50,000 to 1,50,000 square metres – and different sets of environmental conditions are provided for each category.

Once implemented, there will be no requirement for any separate environmental clearance or permission. “Any project spread over 20,000 square metres has to seek environmental clearance. This process is tedious and time-consuming. In the chapter 14 of the model building bye-laws, power has been provided to the urban body to provide environmental clearance too,” added a UDH official.

As per the World Bank report 2014, currently there are over 35 kinds of clearances required from various agencies before initiating any new project. Besides getting clearances from the state-based agencies, the developers in many projects require clearances from central ministries, including defence, civil aviation, environment and forests, culture and consumer affairs.

It is being said that the move will not only benefit the developers, but also provide relief to the consumers. “Cost of a project increases due to delays in getting multiple clearances. Once a single-window system is implemented, a consumer will get timely possession of his property and the cost will also not escalate,” said Manoj Agarwal, a developer.

Credits ET Realty

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