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State govt set to tweak city�s building bylaws

By Rituraj Borthakur
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GUWAHATI, June 2 - Reservation for economically weaker section, provisions for differently-abled, green building certification system, climate-resilient construction with integration of environmental clearance and guidelines for conservation of heritage sites and natural feature areas � these are some of the modifications the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) proposes to bring in the existing building byelaws for the city.

The GMDA says the new set of building byelaws would be at par with other metropolitan cities and would facilitate sustainable economic growth.

�There had been a lot of complaints regarding the existing Guwahati Building Construction (Regulation) Byelaws, 2014 as many felt it is not taking care of the present state of the city. More dynamic and citizen-centric regulations are needed. We are planning to put up the modifications in the next Cabinet meeting,� GMDA CEO Dr M Angamuthu told The Assam Tribune.

To simplify the process, the modified byelaws will put in place a single window facility under Assam Ease of Doing Business Act for building permission instead of the existing planning permit and building permit system.

A new �Trust, Approve and Verify� concept has been

included in the byelaw for easy and quick disposal of proposals up to ground-plus-two-storey residential buildings, according to the proposed modifications.

According to a new modification of the byelaws, in all group housing projects, whose land extent is more than six bighas, the developer will have to provide a minimum of 10 per cent of the built-up area to economically weaker section.

Buildings will have to have provisions in site planning, parking and other facilities so that differently-abled, elderly and children have a barrier-free environment.

�We have also included a lot of new safety provisions in the byelaws keeping in mind the present day requirements,� Angamuthu said.

Moreover, all buildings on various plot sizes above 100 square metres will have to comply with the green norms and conform to the requirements mandatory for sanction. Buildings having a minimum discharge of 10,000 litre and above per day will have to incorporate a waste water recycling system and the recycled water would be used for horticulture purposes.

Other �green features� in the new byelaws are provision for segregation of waste at the household level, separate wet and dry bins at ground level, compost arrangement in apartments having more than 100 dwelling units, LED/solar lighting in common areas, rain water harvesting plans, dust/smoke/debris prevention measures, maintenance of trees, etc.

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State govt set to tweak city�s building bylaws

GUWAHATI, June 2 - Reservation for economically weaker section, provisions for differently-abled, green building certification system, climate-resilient construction with integration of environmental clearance and guidelines for conservation of heritage sites and natural feature areas � these are some of the modifications the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) proposes to bring in the existing building byelaws for the city.

The GMDA says the new set of building byelaws would be at par with other metropolitan cities and would facilitate sustainable economic growth.

�There had been a lot of complaints regarding the existing Guwahati Building Construction (Regulation) Byelaws, 2014 as many felt it is not taking care of the present state of the city. More dynamic and citizen-centric regulations are needed. We are planning to put up the modifications in the next Cabinet meeting,� GMDA CEO Dr M Angamuthu told The Assam Tribune.

To simplify the process, the modified byelaws will put in place a single window facility under Assam Ease of Doing Business Act for building permission instead of the existing planning permit and building permit system.

A new �Trust, Approve and Verify� concept has been

included in the byelaw for easy and quick disposal of proposals up to ground-plus-two-storey residential buildings, according to the proposed modifications.

According to a new modification of the byelaws, in all group housing projects, whose land extent is more than six bighas, the developer will have to provide a minimum of 10 per cent of the built-up area to economically weaker section.

Buildings will have to have provisions in site planning, parking and other facilities so that differently-abled, elderly and children have a barrier-free environment.

�We have also included a lot of new safety provisions in the byelaws keeping in mind the present day requirements,� Angamuthu said.

Moreover, all buildings on various plot sizes above 100 square metres will have to comply with the green norms and conform to the requirements mandatory for sanction. Buildings having a minimum discharge of 10,000 litre and above per day will have to incorporate a waste water recycling system and the recycled water would be used for horticulture purposes.

Other �green features� in the new byelaws are provision for segregation of waste at the household level, separate wet and dry bins at ground level, compost arrangement in apartments having more than 100 dwelling units, LED/solar lighting in common areas, rain water harvesting plans, dust/smoke/debris prevention measures, maintenance of trees, etc.

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