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9 months on, UT admn slow on building bylaws’ draft for villages

Vinod Kumar, Hindustan Times   March 05, 2014
First Published: 11:32 IST(5/3/2014) | Last Updated: 11:33 IST(5/3/2014)

Even nine months after framing the draft of the building bylaws for villages in Chandigarh, the administration has failed to complete the process required before notifying the draft.

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The administration had prepared a draft of bylaws for its villages to keep a check on haphazard urbanisation in rural areas and objections from the general public were invited in May 2013.

There are 23 villages in the city, of which nine are under the control of the municipal corporation (MC).

This was for the first time that building bylaws for controlled development of these villages had been framed.

The department of urban planning received around 30 objections from representatives of the village. After scrutinising the objections and making required changes, the draft was to be sent for approval to the UT administrator before starting the process of notifying it, but this is still pending.

Contacted, UT chief architect Sumit Kaur said they had made the required changes based on the objections received and the draft had been put before the finance secretary.

At present, the absence of building bylaws has led to unsafe and unregulated construction in these villages- several buildings lacking adequate light and ventilation have come up.

While constructing basements, the requisite safety measures from neighbouring properties are not maintained, endangering life and property.

In the draft, the administration has imposed strict restrictions on the height of buildings. According to the draft, the maximum height of a building, including plinth height, cannot exceed 10.36 metres.

While the minimum size of habitable rooms has been fixed at 2.75-square metres, which will also be applicable to kitchen, and other habitable parts of the building. The minimum size of a habitable room excluding a kitchen should be 9.29-sq metres with a minimum width of 2.2 metres.

As specified in the draft bylaws, all the buildings are generally to be used for residential purpose, while commercial use of buildings has been restricted to the ground floor.

Further, no commercial activity is to be allowed on a road less than 22-foot wide.

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