Delhi Build­ing Bye-Laws made user friendly; sim­pli­fied, ra­tio­nalised and up­dated

Accommodation Times - - Delhi -

Com­pre­hen­sive sin­gle ref­er­ence ready reck­oner en­ables easy sanc­tion­ing of build­ing plans Plots up to 100 sq.mt ex­empted from sanc­tion process; Sin­gle Win­dow clear­ance for plots above 20,000 sq.mt Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu di­rects DDA to no­tify sim­pli­fied byelaws at the ear­li­est Seek­ing to put an end to the har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of res­i­dents of Delhi in ob­tain­ing build­ing plan ap­provals, the Delhi Build­ing Bye Laws of 1983 have been sim­pli­fied, ra­tio­nal­ized and up­dated un­der the di­rec­tions of the Min­istry of Ur­ban Devel­op­ment. The Delhi Ur­ban Arts Com­mis­sion (DUAC) in as­so­ci­a­tion with Delhi Devel­op­ment Author­ity (DDA) and mu­nic­i­pal bod­ies have com­pleted the sim­pli­fi­ca­tion ex­er­cise and sub­mit­ted Draft Sim­pli­fied Bye Laws to the Min­istry of Ur­ban Devel­op­ment. The Ur­ban Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu to­day di­rected DDA to no­tify them at the ear­li­est. The up­dated and sim­pli­fied Bye Laws will serve as a com­pre­hen­sive singe ref­er­ence ready reck­oner by in­te­grat­ing the Build­ing Bye Laws no­ti­fied in 1983 and sev­eral changes that have been sub­se­quently no­ti­fied over the last 31 years. This will en­able the res­i­dents of Delhi and the pro­fes­sion­als in ob­tain­ing sanc­tions for build­ing plans in an easy and time bound man­ner. Some new pro­vi­sions have also been made to ad­dress emerg­ing chal­lenges like green con­struc­tion and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion and man­age­ment. Some of the salient fea­tures of the sim­pli­fied Bye Laws in­clude: 1. Small res­i­den­tial plots of size up to 100 sq.mt have been ex­empted from sanc­tion pro­ce­dures. The pro­po­nents will only have to fur­nish the req­ui­site in­for­ma­tion in a sim­pli­fied one page for­mat to the con­cerned ur­ban body and go ahead with the con­struc­tion. The va­lid­ity of this sub­mis­sion will be three years and if re­quired, a fresh sub­mis­sion may be made there­after; 2. For plots of 100 sq. mt to 20,000 sq. mt, spe­cific time sched­ules have been stip­u­lated for ac­cord­ing ap­provals by var­i­ous con­cerned agen­cies; 3. For plots of more than 20,000 sq.mt, Sin­gle Win­dow Clearence mech­a­nism has been pro­posed. Un­der this, ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived will be scru­ti­nized by a High Pow­ered Com­mit­tee con­sist­ing of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all con­cerned agen­cies for ac­cord­ing sanc­tions; 4. Com­pe­tency norms of var­i­ous pro­fes­sion­als like En­gi­neers, Ar­chi­tects, Town Plan­ners etc., have been clearly stip­u­lated ad

dress­ing the vague­ness in the ex­ist­ing pro­vi­sions; 5. Clar­ity has been im­parted in re­spect of the agen­cies like Her­itage Con­ser­va­tion Com­mit­tee, Arche­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey of In­dia, Na­tional Mon­u­ment Author­ity etc., to be ap­proached in re­spect of constructions in the vicin­ity of her­itage build­ings/ mon­u­ments etc ; 6. Green con­struc­tion norms plot size-wise have been clearly stip­u­lated pro­vid­ing clar­ity; 7. Set­ting up of Griev­ances Re­dres­sal Com­mit­tees in Ur­ban Lo­cal Bod­ies for time bound res­o­lu­tion of dis­putes has been made manda­tory; 8. Time frames have been stip­u­lated for is­su­ing devel­op­ment con­trol reg­u­la­tions to ap­pli­cants and pro­fes­sion­als; 9. Pro­vi­sion of wash­rooms in public build­ings of more than 4,000 sq.mt size has been made manda­tory with di­rect ac­cess to the public from the main street; 10. Rain wa­ter har­vest­ing and waste wa­ter re­cy­cling has to be pro­vi­sioned; 11. Dif­fer­ently abled per­sons have to be pro­vided easy ac­cess be­sides meet­ing their spe­cific needs; 12. Needs of chil­dren and se­nior cit­i­zens have to be duly met by pro­vid­ing for easy ac­cess, fit­tings and fix­tures in toi­lets and al­ter­ing the height of the hand rails in the build­ings; 13. Pro­vi­sions for dis­as­ter mit­i­ga­tion, struc­tural and fire safety codes have been spec­i­fied; and 14. Art el­e­ments like paint- ings, fres­cos, stat­ues etc., to be pro­vided in public build­ings for bet­ter aes­thetic en­vi­ron­ment. Sim­pli­fi­ca­tion, ra­tio­nal­iza­tion and up­da­tion of Build­ing Bye Laws no­ti­fied in 1983 un­der the Delhi Devel­op­ment Act, 1957 was un­der­taken af­ter ex­ten­sive stake­holder con­sul­ta­tions. A work­shop was held in Oc­to­ber this year which was at­tended by over 100 en­gi­neers, ar­chi­tects, town plan­ners, ur­ban ex­perts, con­sumer and builder or­gan­i­sa­tions etc. In re­sponse to a public no­tice, over 1,000 sug­ges­tions were re­ceived. All th­ese have been ex­am­ined in de­tail jointly by DUAC, DDA and mu­nic­i­pal bod­ies be­fore com­ing out with user friendly Bye Laws.

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