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Use of basements for commercial purposes gets nod

Vinod Kumar , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, October 08, 2012
First Published: 23:58 IST(8/10/2012) | Last Updated: 14:14 IST(9/10/2012)

 In a significant development, the UT administration has paved way for traders to use building basements for commercial purpose without taking permission from authorities concerned.

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The decision has come as big relief for many general traders who have taken up commercial activities in basements in different sectors, including Sectors 17, 22 and 35. Earlier, traders had to apply for permission for use of basements by paying a fee of Rs. 300 per square foot.

Though the authorities have given a green signal for use of basements without permission, traders will have to comply with laid down norms. According to officials, height of the basement should be more than nine feet and should also comply with other building by-laws, which require that ventilation in the basement should be provided as per the building by-laws or it should be centrally air-conditioned and should have minimum of two staircases.

The area of the basement should not exceed the area as shown on the architectural controls/zoning controls and sanctioned building plans. Besides, proper fire safety arrangement as per National Building Code and Delhi Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Act, 1986, as extended to Chandigarh, should be made.

The authorities took the decision on the basements issue after receiving numerous representations from Chandigarh Beopar Mandal and various market associations, which demanded that traders should be allowed to use basements for commercial activities without obtaining permission and depositing fees.

Talking to HT, assistant estate officer (AEO) Rahul Gupta maintained that the decision was taken for the benefit of the business community after considering all aspects.

Hailing the UT's move, Charanjiv Singh, president of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, said that all buildings have been auctioned by the administration for general trade and the authorities should not ask traders to seek permission for using any part of the building for commercial purposes.

Vinod Joshi, also associated with Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, said, "The move will go a long way in helping the traders to run their businesses in a more efficient manner without any fear of penalty for using parts of the buildings without permission."

In the past, the estate office had served notices to a large number of traders for using basements without permission. Now, the authorities have initiated the move to cancel those notices.

Use of basements for commercial purposes gets nod

 


Vinod Kumar
vinod.kumar@hindustantimes.com
CHANDIGARH: In a significant development, the UT administration has paved way for traders to use building basements for commercial purpose without taking permission from authorities concerned.

The decision has come as big relief for many general traders who have taken up commercial activities in basements in different sectors, including Sectors 17, 22 and 35. Earlier, traders had to apply for permission for use of basements by paying a fee of Rs. 300 per square foot.

Though the authorities have given a green signal for use of basements without permission, traders will have to comply with laid down norms. According to officials, height of the basement should be more than nine feet and should also comply with other building by-laws, which require that ventilation in the basement should be provided as per the building by-laws or it should be centrally air-conditioned and should have minimum of two staircases.

The area of the basement should not exceed the area as shown on the architectural controls/zoning controls and sanctioned building plans. Besides, proper fire safety arrangement as per National Building Code and Delhi Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Act, 1986, as extended to Chandigarh, should be made.

The authorities took the decision on the basements issue after receiving numerous representations from Chandigarh Beopar Mandal and various market associations, which demanded that traders should be allowed to use basements for commercial activities without obtaining permission and depositing fees.

Talking to HT, assistant estate officer (AEO) Rahul Gupta maintained that the decision was taken for the benefit of the business community after considering all aspects.

Hailing the UT's move, Charanjiv Singh, president of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, said that all buildings have been auctioned by the administration for general trade and the authorities should not ask traders to seek permission for using any part of the building for commercial purposes.

Vinod Joshi, also associated with Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, said, "The move will go a long way in helping the traders to run their businesses in a more efficient manner without any fear of penalty for using parts of the buildings without permission."

In the past, the estate office had served notices to a large number of traders for using basements without permission. Now, the authorities have initiated the move to cancel those notices.

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