Builders caught in a bind as BMC ap­provals come to halt

Con­fu­sion Over New Devpt Con­trol Rules

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Nauzer.Bharucha @times­group.com

Mumbai: Con­fu­sion over im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new de­vel­op­ment con­trol reg­u­la­tions (DCR 2034) has brought con­struc­tion ap­provals to a stand­still in the BMC’s build­ing pro­pos­als de­part­ment since Septem­ber 1, ac­cord­ing to builders and ar­chi­tects.

Although the civic ad­min­is­tra­tion de­nied it, con­struc­tion in­dus­try sources said ju­nior level en­gi­neers are not pro­cess­ing build­ing files be­cause of lack of clar­ity. From Septem­ber 1, DCR 2034 re­placed the old DCR of 1991. But the rules of the new DCR are yet to be im­ple­mented. A se­nior ar­chi­tect told TOI that 55% of the rules are yet to be framed. This is largely be­cause some of the clauses of DCR 2034 are in Ex­cluded Por­tion (EP), which are yet to be sanc­tioned.

Ar­chi­tects who spoke to this news­pa­per said de­part­ment of­fi­cials are un­sure which build­ing rules to ap­ply at the mo­ment. The big­gest set­back is for builders with halffin­ished projects, whose work com­menced un­der DCR 1991.

DCR 2034 re­placed old DCR of 1991 from Septem­ber 1But as much as 55% of the rules of the new DCR yet to be im­ple­mentedJu­nior en­gi­neers not pro­cess­ing build­ing files be­cause of lack of clar­ity, claim buildersBuilders with half-fin­ished projects, whose work com­menced un­der DCR 1991, worst hit

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