The Greater Noida authority has proposed changes to the building bylaws to eliminate confusion regarding the distance between two towers in a residential project. In effect, the proposal will reduce the distance between the towers.
If the changes are approved by the Uttar Pradesh government, the distance between a 12-metre tower and an adjacent tower that is more than 12 metres, up to 50 metres, will be nine metres, officials said. At present, the minimum distance between two towers is 6 metres and a maximum of 16 metres, depending upon the heights, officials said.
The move has been proposed to eliminate confusion in regard to the distance between two towers, one of which is 12 metres high and the other, more than 12 metres. “We have introduced the changes to remove the confusion in such cases. After making the amendments, we sent the proposal to the Uttar Pradesh government for the final approval. If the changes are approved, the Greater Noida authority will follow the same rules that are in effect in Noida and also allowed by the national building code,” Deepak Agarwal, the chief executive officer of the Greater Noida authority, said.
As per the current provisions, the authority calculates the distance between two towers from the balcony to balcony. A change has been proposed in this regard as well.
“After the changes are approved, we will measure the distance between two towers from block to block. Also, one more big change is that spacing between two towers will be increased by 1 metre for an addition of 5 metres in height. Earlier, the spacing was increased by 1 metre for an addition of every 3 metres (in height),” Leenu Sehgal, general manager (planning), Greater Noida authority, said.
Homebuyers said that the authority is reducing the distance between two towers to benefit builders who want to make optimum use of available space.
“If the distance between two towers is reduced, there will be less sunlight inside the flat, thereby causing suffocation to residents. Instead of decreasing the distance between two towers, which is in favour of builders, the authority should advocate laws that benefit homebuyers,” Abhishek Kumar, the president of Noida Extension flat owners’ welfare association (NEFOWA), said.
Officials of the Greater Noida authority, however, said the allegations of buyers are baseless. “The amendment is only to remove the confusion. We are following NBC norms,” said Sehgal.