New provisions in the draft Development Regulations (DCR), 2034, which state that buildings over 50 years need not be declared dilapidated to carry out structural repairs, will ease the process of carrying out repairs on them.
Experts said the provisions ensure landlords and tenants will not have to run from pillar to post to get approvals needed for the repairs. “At present, the process of getting permissions for repairs is tedious and we hope the provisions in the DCR will ease the process,” said a landlord, who did not wish to be named.
A provision in the DCR 2034 permits repairs to be carried out on residential structures existing prior to April 17, 1964, and on commercial structures existing prior to April 1, 1962. They need not be declared dilapidated by the authorities to carry out structural repairs. The provision under section 58 is applicable to all buildings in the city
The island city has several structures that are over 50 years old and are built on small plots where redevelopment is not feasible. The process of repairs will now be fast tracked, said civic officials.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has introduced the new provisions to repair authorised old and dilapidated buildings in the city, which was missing in the DCR of 19691. The provision also restricts any additions or alterations being made to the existing structures.
The section 58 of chapter XI of the DCR 2034 stated: “The structural/extensive repairs to the existing buildings, which have been constructed with the approval from the competent authority or were in existence prior to 17.04.1964 in respect of residential structures and 01.04.1962 in respect of non-residential structures and which are in need of structural/extensive repairs, may be allowed without change in footprint/planning. Under the guise of repairs, addition/alterations/vertical & horizontal extension to the existing structures shall not be permissible.”
The DCR has classified the repairs into partial repairs - repairs to the extent of 75% of BUA and extensive repairs - repairs beyond 75% of built-up area (BUA). The DCR further stated that buildings which need repairs to be carried on more than 75% of the BUA shall be preferably developed or redeveloped and if repairing is not possible then the commissioner can allow the repairs under special permissions.
There are over 2,000 odd buildings in the city that are over 50 years old and about 600 that being are declared dilapidated every year by the civic body. In case of cessed properties, Mhada may carry out repairs after obtaining suggestions/observations from the BMC and the DCR further makes it necessary to abide by the observations as stated in the guidelines.
The civic officials said the mention of repairs guidelines’ in the DCR will help the structural stability of the building and the owners can carry out the works without any dilapidated notices being issued to them. A civic officials, who did not wish to be named, said, “Timely repairs carried out on old structures will help reduce number of dilapidated buildings that are listed before monsoon every year.”