To make construction norms uniform, Gujarat govt brings in major reform

“We have taken a decision that all land areas covered in approved town planning schemes will be considered as non-agriculture (NA),” said Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: September 3, 2016 5:10:37 am
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In order to bring parity in construction norms existing in different cities across Gujarat, the state government Friday decided to put in place a common set of performance and administrative regulations for cities and towns of the state. It also made an important decision of doing away non-agriculture (NA) certificate for town planning schemes that have already been implemented in urban areas and simultaneously eased norms for individuals wanting to build private residences.

“We have taken a decision that all land areas covered in approved town planning schemes will be considered as non-agriculture (NA),” said Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. Until now, NA had to be taken if developers submitted a revised plan for reconstruction in approved TP schemes.

“There are around 700 town planning schemes which are at present enforced in the state, and land owners in these TP schemes will be benefited by this decision of the government,” Patel added.

Making it easier for individuals to build houses in the state, the Gujarat government said any construction of private homes up to 125 square metres can be undertaken by a land owner in any town or city under municipal corporation or any other local body by producing just an affidavit along with a few related documents, including an approval from a competent official. “No prior permission will be required for construction of private residential home up to 125 square metres. Only Building Usage (BU) permission required after construction,” Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel wrote later on Twitter.

The state government also decided to bring in uniform regulation for constructions for municipal corporations, urban development authorities and municipalities in all municipal corporations — Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhavnagar, Gandhinagar, Junagadh and Jamnagar — and municipalities of the state. After this decision, all the local bodies that fall under the Town Planning Act will have common format for presenting construction plans, application forms, construction norms, etc. Apart from this, norms related to rain water harvesting, grey water recycling, fire-fighting, lifts and others will also be made similar.

“The decision to make processes common across cities will benefit the real-estate sector. Developers use to struggle with different construction norms existing in different cities. For instance, different cities in Gujarat have different FSI (floor space index), rules for obtaining the NA (non-agriculture) certificate, etc in Ahmedabad is different from those in Surat. We expect a lot of streamlining to happen after this decision,” said Dipak Patel, president of Gujarat Institute of Housing and Estate Developers (GIHED), which is the Ahmedabad city chapter of CREDAI. “The decision to abolish NA certification in urban areas where final town planning schemes have been implemented is also a positive step. This will do away with the tedious process of obtaining NA for passing revised plans,” Patel added.

Reacting to the developments, the president of CREDAI, Jaxay Shah said, “The state government has taken a historic decision for doing away with the need to seek NA permission for areas where TP have already been approved and for providing automatic NA for areas that have been declared as ‘outgrowth town’ areas… These decisions will help in building affordable homes in the state.”

With inputs from PTI

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