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