The residents including engineers and architects have reacted sharply to the amendment in Haryana Building Code 2017 by the Huda for allowing construction of a fourth floor on ground plus three storey buildings without increasing height of the building and making stilt parking mandatory.
The building code was revised in 2016 by the Huda when the height of buildings was increased to 15 metres from 11 metres and the provision of stilt parking was added.
The residents want to know why the Huda was in such a hurry in allowing the construction of an additional floor without consulting the residents and architects.
The sharp reaction from residents to the Huda amendment followed a report published in the Hindustan Times on Friday.
The residents said the move will be of little advantage to sectors that have provision for stilt parking. The residents said height of buildings should have been increased by one-and-a half-metres and stilt parking must have been made mandatory.
The new building code does not provide for an increase in the height of building from the existing 15 metres and stilt parking still not mandatory.
Subhash Piplani, retired engineer from Huda, said, “The height of the building has not been raised beyond 15 metres as per the Building Code 2016. This should have also been increased at least by 2 metres as they allowed construction of a fourth floor.”
The Building Code 2016 specify a height of 2.4 metres for stilts and 2.75 metres for the floor. The height of the plinth from floor level is to .45 as per the building code.
“Stilts should be at least 2.75 metres high and floor should have a height of at least 3 metres. This is standard specification that the Huda should adopt. At 15 metres, the ceiling will be very low on every floor,” Piplani said.
Dr Gautam Sood, resident Sector 14, said, “A ceiling less than nine feet is never considered good. As per the 2.75 metre specification, ceiling always turns out to be low and not ideal for summer.”
Architects believe the new building code will cause more trouble.
Vivek Logani, chairman Indian institute of Architects, Gurgaon chapter, said, “It’s a planning fault, as without making stilt parking mandatory and increasing height of buildings, the new policy would lead to complete parking chaos and people would indulge in unauthorised construction. We fail to understand the need to allow construction of a fourth floor.”
A senior official in the town and country planning department, Chandigarh, told Hindustan Times that height was restricted to 15 metres for a good reason.
“Increasing the height to more than 15 metres would have made it obligatory to seek no objection certificates (NOCs) from the fire services department and that would have only compounded the problem of residents. Stilt parking has not been made mandatory as the experts could not reach a consensus on it,” said the official.
The Huda is likely to issue a notification on the new building code soon.