Building regulations across the state are set for change with the Naveen Patnaik government’s urban and planning department moving towards a green regime.
The proposed model building regulation intends to make green initiatives such as rainwater harvesting and solar rooftops mandatory for all housing projects.
Once the new regulations come into force, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) will implement it here.
The proposed regulations also seek to usher in a few other changes in how housing projects are built in the state.
The Proposed Regulations
Project Clearance: Building plan approvals within 30 days. Presently, it is 2-3 years.
Risk-based Matrix: As per a BDA official, the project clearance will depend on a risk-based matrix which will be different for different types of buildings.
As per the proposed regulations, small buildings with low-risk criteria will get faster approvals while approval process for high-risk buildings such as malls and big complexes will be relatively longer, as they will be examined in detail for clearance.
Safety Provisions: For the high-risk buildings, provisions for fire safety, structural safety, earthquake and natural disaster will be high priority.
Inclusive Structure: One of the important clauses in the proposed regulations says that the high-risk buildings will be required ensure their infrastructure is friendly to senior citizens, physically challenged and children.
Environmental Clearance: The builders will also be able to go ahead with the project without any environmental clearance, as the proposed regulations state that local bodies have to address the environmental concern of a city.
Categories: The regulations also proposes three categories for buildings – 5,000 to 20,000 square meters, 20,000 to 50,000 square meters and 50,000 to 1,50,000 square meters. The environment conditions for each building will be unique.
Mandatory Provisions: Some mandatory provisions for green norms such as rainwater harvesting and solar power generation system will also be introduced in the regulations. However, those norms will depend on the built-up area of each project.
Opinions on Proposed Regulations
As per S. Mishra, director town planning, the model building regulations will be in line with the Model Building Bye Laws of 2016 of the government of India. He says the regulations will be implemented in all the urban areas of the state, including Bhubaneswar.
Umesh Patnaik, president of Association for Odisha Real-estate Developer (AFORD), says single-window clearance will be a boon for the developers. He says the model building bye laws prepared by the central government aimed to promote ease of doing business and the clauses under this are very flexible.
According to Environmentalist Sailabala Padhi, green norms such as solar rooftops and rainwater harvesting should come into effect immediately to keep pace with the current trend of urbanisation. He says the new regulations will not only help maintain natural balance, but also prove to be economically beneficial for residents.
Courtesy: The Telegraph