The state government has proposed to increase the period of building plan sanction from existing 30 days to 60 days in unified development control regulations(DCR). The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), local chapter, in its detailed submission on unified DCR has suggested that the government reduce the period to 45 days.
Citing the central government’s Ease of Doing Business Assessment-2017, the government issued a notification in July 2017 making it mandatory for the planning authorities to sanction or refuse applications seeking building plans within a period of 30 days. The period was 60 days before the notification. The building plan was supposed to be deemed sanctioned in case of no reply or no decision is given by the planning authorities.
In a notification related to unified DCR, the period is kept at 60 days. For deemed sanction, the applicant has to submit a letter with the planning authority stating that the building plan became a deemed sanction. Then the planning authority has to communicate its remarks and issue commencement certificate with one copy of the approved building plan within 15 days.
Similarly, the time period for occupancy certificate is proposed to be increased to 21 days as against existing norm of eight days. There is an option of deemed sanction also in related to occupancy certificate.
The IIA headed by Paramjit Singh Ahuja has suggested to the government to include provision of relaxation and discretionary powers to municipal commissioner in corporations, metropolitan commissioner in metropolitan regional plans and chairman in the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). In unified DCR, there is no mention about relaxation and discretionary powers to these authorities.
In existing DCRs, all these authorities are having powers of relaxation and discretion. Architects and builders often seek relaxations for side, rear margins, FSI, balconies, distance between buildings etc.
Among other top suggestions of IIA, one is to allow housing scheme under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and tourism activities in agriculture zone. These are permissible under existing norms. The other suggestion is to increase area for rooms in banquet and function halls.
In unified DCR, halls can come up in area of 0.4 hectare or more and will get FSI of 0.2. 30% of the total area can be utilized for rooms and 40% for parking.
The IIA has not mentioned anything on the government’s proposal to reduce FSI of commercial from existing 2.5 to 1.25. It has pointed about lack of mention of FSI in congested areas in Nagpur in unified DCR.
The IIA did not directly comment on whether there was need for unified DCR or not. It said, “The DCR is a part and parcel of development plan (DP). Therefore, DCR should be modified along with other components of DP such as land use planning, development report etc. Municipal corporations and metropolitan areas should have scope to customize unified DCR based upon and to suit the unique needs of the area as per climate, topography, heritage, old settlements, carrying capacity etc,” IIA said.
The IIA also suggested to prepare graphic interpretation of unified DCR to avoid interpretations. The association assured its support in preparing graphic interpretation.
In unified DCR, all sections are in text format and lack sketches and graphics.
The last date for submission of suggestions and objections was April 8. The state government will conduct hearings of those who have made submissions before finalising the rules.
* Hospital should be permitted in amenity space
* Swimming pools should also be permitted on ground floor and should not be covered
* Building and control lines should be made separately for city and metropolitan areas
* Service roads along national/state highways should be of 12/9 meters
* Make provision to consult deputy director of town planning in case of any confusions
* Residential and commercial uses should be segregated vertically or horizontally
* Amalgamation of two or more EWS units should be allowed
* Special regulations framed for improvement schemes in Metro Region should be included