Green re­forms NOT ENOUGH

Delhi, UP and Haryana’s sus­tain­able build­ing ini­tia­tives must be backed by heavy penalty for vi­o­la­tors NOIDA DELHI HY­DER­ABAD GUR­GAON

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Gov­ern­ments around the world are ac­tively us­ing the tax sys­tem to drive sus­tain­able busi­nesses and achieve green pol­icy ob­jec­tives. While In­dia is a rel­a­tively new en­trant to this club and has had sev­eral states be­gin­ning to of­fer ad­di­tional green floor area and tax re­bate on prop­erty tax for de­vel­op­ments that ad­here to green norms, im­po­si­tion of green tax penalty is the need of the hour.

A num­ber of sops are on of f er. Delhi De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity ( DDA) re­cently ap­proved reg­u­la­tions for the con­struc­tion of green build­ings, giv­ing in­cen­tives such as 1% to 5% ex­tra ground cov­er­age and floor area ra­tio (FAR). It has also pro­posed that the lo­cal bod­ies may give 10% re­bate on prop­erty tax/ser­vice charges. Noida Au­thor­ity was per­haps the first to in­clude a green pro­vi­sion in the build­ing reg­u­la­tions – an ex­tra .05 FAR for green build­ings and com­pul­sory rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing in plots above 300 m. Hy­der­abad, which of­fers un­lim­ited FSI, has been of­fer­ing a 10% re­lief on prop­erty tax for green build­ings since 2006. A few days ago the Haryana gov­ern­ment made it manda­tory for all build­ings on plot size of 500 square yards or more to in­stall rooftop so­lar power sys­tems by Septem­ber 2015. The gov­ern­ment in­tends of­fer­ing a 30% sub­sidy on in­stal­la­tion costs on a first-come-first­served ba­sis.

DDA has also ap­proved the green build­ing pro­pos­als and will now ask mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions to pro­vide 10% con­ces­sion on prop­erty tax on prop­er­ties that com­ply with green reg­u­la­tions. Th­ese draft reg­u­la­tions are part of the Delhi Master Plan- 2021, and once th­ese are no­ti­fied, all those projects with a green cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for green build­ings will ben­e­fit.

Bal­winder Kumar, vice chair­man, DDA, ex­plains: “We will give ad­di­tional FAR of up to 5% to build­ings com­ply­ing with green norms. Peo­ple who go for green build­ings can be in­cen­tivised by way of ad­di­tional FAR. We will now sub­mit this pol­icy to the min­istry for fi­nal no­ti­fi­ca­tion. In the mean­time, there is also a small amend­ment re­quired in the Master Plan. Ini­tially, to get th­ese ben­e­fits, own­ers would have to get cer­tifi­cates based on the rat­ing cri­te­ria pre­scribed by green rat­ing for in­te­grated habi­tat as­sess­ment or GRIHA, but now we’ve re­ceived re­quests from other or­gan­i­sa­tions say­ing that we should ex­pand the scope in the Master Plan and state that all the agen­cies giv­ing a green rat­ing should be given an op­por­tu­nity. This is in the process of no­ti­fi­ca­tion and has to go through a proper pro­ce­dure. The first stage is over and we will now seek ob­jec­tions from the gen­eral pub­lic by way of a pub­lic no­tice within a pe­riod of 45 days and fi­nally the pro­posal will go to the min­istry.”

As per an es­tab­lished pol­icy, DDA will be pro­vid­ing in­cen­tives in terms of ground cov­er­age and FAR for build­ings that are on plots of 3,000 sq m and above. DDA has also man­dated re­cy­cling of treated waste wa­ter with sep­a­rate lines for potable and re­cy­cled wa­ter and ground wa­ter recharge through rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing and use of so­lar heat­ing sys­tems.

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