The state housing department has rolled out amendments to building by-laws and asked development authorities across the state to adopt them after placing proper proposals before their respective boards. Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) officials said that they are studying the changes and will place the amended by-laws in their next board meeting.
Under the major amendments, a housing unit is to have a minimum of 65 square metres (sqm). A maximum of 20 units will be permissible in case of plotted development. In this regard, the amendments have stated that an area from 150 sqm to 300 sqm will have a stilt floor and further three floors for housing development. Plots of over 300sqm up to 2,000 sqm will have one housing unit permissible after every 100 sqm.
“Earlier, a plot’s minimum area was kept at 112 sqm along with four storeys and a stilt floor. This arrangement attracted nearly 120 map approvals, but vehicle parking issues cropped up due to space crunch. The pillars of such buildings too consumed space and parking space in plotted development became more restricted. Now, the new amendment to be adopted will also ease out parking issues,” said Ishtiyak Ahmed, chief architect and town planner, GDA.
The amended by-laws have also introduced purchasable floor area ratio (FAR) to developers at economical rates. The mixed-land use areas proposed under transit-oriented development (TOD) near the Metro line will have a purchasable FAR factor of .45 while hotels will have a factor of .40. The two components have been added for the first time.
“The purchasable FAR factor has been reduced from .80 to .50 for commercial land use and from .60 to .45 for office/institutional land use. The lower factor would mean more economical purchase of purchasable FAR. Such arrangement is made for commercial constructions and facilities,” Ahmed said.
The amendments have also provided developers some relief in terms of building plan renewal. Presently, a map clearance is awarded for a maximum of five years with a yearly renewal thereafter for a maximum of three years.
“Now, after the end of the five-year period, a developer can get his/her map renewed for three years altogether. There will be no need for yearly renewal for three years,” Ahmed added.
In September 2014, the state housing department had cleared amendments in building by-laws that were proposed by GDA in June 2012.
“Some of the amendments are already in place in Ghaziabad, but there are some changes related to the minimum area of plotted development (112 sqm to 150 sqm) and others that we will place before the GDA board. We have also given copies of by-laws to officers to discuss any changes that they may propose. These will be discussed in next board meeting,” said Vijay Kumar Yadav, vice-chairman, GDA.