Builders caught in a bind as BMC approvals come to halt
Confusion Over New Devpt Control Rules
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