De­vel­op­ment norms for se­nior ci­ti­zens

HT Estates - - FRONT PAGE - Piyush Gandhi

Do the cur­rent con­struc­tion norms re­quire real es­tate devel­op­ers to make spe­cific pro­vi­sions for the dif­fer­ently-abled and se­nior ci­ti­zens? They do, but non-im­ple­men­ta­tion of these provi­sion re­main a mat­ter of con­cern.

The Model Build­ing ByeLaws 2016 ( Chap­ter 8), IS Code 4963, CPWD guide­lines for bar­rier- free en­vi­ron­ment give de­tailed de­sign and plan­ning guide­lines for a bar­rier-free en­vi­ron­ment for the dif­fer­ently-abled and el­derly peo­ple.

In fact, they have a ded­i­cated chap­ter on de­sign pro­vi­sions to be in­cor­po­rated in any build­ing for pub­lic use for the groups con­cerned.

The pro­vi­sions re­quired in­clude but are, by no means, lim­ited to park­ing on the ground floor, wheel­chairs, hand rails, easy sig­nage for the hear­ing-im­paired, braille sig­nage for the vis­ually chal­lenged, special toi­lets etc.

A long way to go

In In­dia, there are still a num­ber of small and mid- sized towns which do not have build­ing bye-laws. In the ab­sence of any reg­u­la­tory mech­a­nisms, such towns are con­fronted with hap­haz­ard de­vel­op­ment which re­sults in chaotic con­di­tions and in­con­ve­nience to prop­erty users.

The re­cently-an­nounced Model Build­ing Bye-Laws 2016 are in­tended to es­tab­lish guide­lines for the ben­e­fit of state gov­ern­ments, ur­ban lo­cal bod­ies (ULBs), ur­ban de­vel­op­ment au­thor­i­ties, etc and are an im­prove­ment over the pre­vi­ous Model Build­ing Byelaws brought out in 2004.

Sim­i­larly, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the norms needs to be more ef­fec­tive in of­fice com­plexes and res­i­den­tial ar­eas. The In­dian de­vel­op­ments and con­struc­tion in­dus­try needs to recog­nise the im­por­tance – in fact, the busi­ness im­por­tance - of de­tailed plan­ning and ef­fi­cient ex­e­cu­tion to make any real es­tate de­vel­op­ment for pub­lic util­ity, or for use by a large num­ber of peo­ple, dis­abled and el­derly-friendly.

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