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Chandigarh to introduce uniform building code on the lines of Haryana

The administration has already started the process of simplification of existing building bylaws, which are too complex for residents to understand. The bylaws are also not uniform throughout the city.

Written by Vinod Kumar | Chandigarh |
Updated: August 9, 2016 5:55:49 am

For bringing uniformity in existing building bylaws, the Chandigarh Administration is all set to introduce uniform building code on the pattern of Haryana.

With an aim to streamline the process of building plan approvals and simplification of building bylaws, the Haryana government in June had come out with Haryana Uniform Building Code, 2016.

A committee has been constituted to study the pattern of the building code framed by the Haryana government, said UT chief architect Kapil Setia. “We will frame our own building code on the pattern of Haryana,” he added.

The administration has already started the process of simplification of existing building bye-laws, which are too complex for residents to understand. The bye-laws are also not uniform throughout the city. The architectural controls of commercial and residential buildings vary from sector to sector. The architectural controls of Industrial Area are not uniform as well.

The Department of Urban Planning had recently organised a meeting with the private architects at Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) for taking their feedback. “We have started conducting a survey and the process of simplification is expected to finish by end of September. Our main aim is to ensure that bye-laws are uniform and simple to understand,” said Setia.

Over the years, the building bylaws have been modified\mended several times to meet the requirements of the residents. The architects complain that the rules are interpreted differently at different level. City-based architect Vinod Joshi said that due to different interpretations, some applicants get benefit of particular provision or amendment of bye-laws whereas others are denied the same benefit. “Interpretation of rules should be made clearer,” said Joshi.

To ensure that the city residents face no inconvenience in getting their building plans approved, the estate office is working on starting an online service. The estate office is getting a software developed which will be used for scrutinising the plans submitted for approval.
At present, applicants have to submit the building application along with prints of drawings, which are processed manually. The staff of building branch have been facing criticism for taking long time for giving approval.

As per the citizen charter of the estate office, revised building plans are to be approved in 32 days while fresh building plans are to be approved in 24 days. However, the authorities are taking months to approve the building plans.

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