Now get projects ap­proved on time

Com­ing af­ter the pas­sage of RERA Bill, the new build­ing byelaws will do away with mul­ti­ple ap­provals through sin­gle-win­dow clear­ance

HT Estates - - FRONT PAGE - Anshuman Mag­a­zine

The model build­ing byelaws re­leased re­cently will go a long way to im­prove the ease of do­ing busi­ness in the real estate and con­struc­tion sec­tor in the coun­try. A sin­gle- win­dow clear­ance mech­a­nism, re­duc­tion in time for ap­provals, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sid­er­a­tions, and the added in­flu­ence of ur­ban lo­cal bod­ies and devel­op­ment au­thor­i­ties, among other mea­sures, are all steps in the right di­rec­tion. Com­ing just af­ter the pas­sage of the Real Estate (Reg­u­la­tion and Devel­op­ment) or RERA Bill, this has been among the key mea­sures the gov­ern­ment has been try­ing to im­ple­ment for the devel­op­ment and reg­u­la­tion of the realty sec­tor in In­dia.

The Model Build­ing Byelaws, 2016, has been p r e p a r e d by t h e Tow n a n d Co u n t r y P l a n n i n g Or­gan­i­sa­tion (TCPO), min­istry of ur­ban devel­op­ment ( MoUD), for the guid­ance of the state gov­ern­ments, ur­ban lo­cal bod­ies, ur­ban devel­op­ment au­thor­i­ties, and mu­nic­i­pal bod­ies.

It is an up­date of the pre­vi­ous Model Build­ing Byelaws of 2004. It was felt that a re­vi­sion of the pre­vi­ous byelaws was nec­es­sary pri­mar­ily to ad­dress the grow­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns, in­creas­ing safety and se­cu­rity mea­sures, tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments, Swachh Bharat Mis­sion and fo­cus on ease of do­ing busi­ness.

Emerg­ing con­cerns

In ad­di­tion, the lat­est byelaws also ad­dress the emerg­ing con­cerns of norms for rooftop so­lar pho­to­voltaic ( PV) in­stal­la­tions, seg­re­gated san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties for visi­tors in pub­lic build­ings, and in­clude pro­vi­sions for build­ing reg­u­la­tions in nat­u­ral dis­as­ter-prone ar­eas, con­ser­va­tion of her­itage ar­chi­tec­ture and en­vi­ron­ment in­clud­ing her­itage build­ings, dis­abled-friendly, child- friendly, and elderly cit­i­zen- friendly fea­tures within built spa­ces, among many other con­tem­po­rary ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment is­sues.

O t h e r c o n c e r n s t h at the lat­est byelaws clar­ify and ad­dress in­clude the stream­lin­ing of build­ing plan ap­provals for the ease of do­ing busi­ness in the real estate and con­struc­tion sec­tor, spe­cialised build­ing laws for the con­struc­tion of low in­come hous­ing, as well as flex­i­ble floor area ra­tio (FAR) pre­scrip­tions.

I mpact on prop­erty mar­ket

As against the pre­vi­ous prac­tice, lo­cal bod­ies have been ad­vised to fi­nalise the en­tire build­ing ap­proval process with a sin­gle cus­tomised on­line ap­pli­ca­tion that will in­clude build­ing plan ap­pli­ca­tions as well as pay­ments for build­ing fees and other charges.

All agen­cies in­volved in the process can be in­te­grated into a sin­gle elec­tronic fa­cil­ity with fre­quent co­or­di­na­tion and mon­i­tor­ing of time­lines.

These steps can sig­nif­i­cantly lower and sim­plify the ap­proval process for devel­op­ment fir ms. Once im­ple­mented, this should re­duce the whole ap­proval time­line.

State and lo­cal au­thorit i e s have been f ur t her ad­vised to adopt these broad guide­lines to suit lo­cal en­vi­ron­ments.

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