MCD unveils draft rules for floor-wise sanction of buildings

Addressing a longstanding demand of residents of plotted areas, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Wednesday announced that the draft guidelines for floor-wise sanction and regularisation of building plans in residential areas have been posted online.

The civic agency has sought comments from public regarding the guidelines and has given 30 days time to submit their suggestions.

Earlier, sanctions were given building-wise as a structure was owned by a single individual. However, over the years, properties have been sub-divided with one owner per floor in many cases. The guidelines are aimed at helping these owners get their floor-wise plans sanctioned. The MCD had earlier announced that it will allow the floor-wise sanction of building plans in March this year following a meeting with the Lieutenant-Governor.

The guidelines are available on the MCD website. Yogender Chandolia, Chairman of MCD's Standing Committee, said any person or forum that has any objections or suggestions with respect to proposed policy and guidelines may give it in writing to the Chief Engineer (Building), MCD, within 30 days.

The salient features of the guidelines include doing away with the requirement of a 'no objection certificate' from the owners of other portions of the building. The distribution of permissible FAR, including ownership rights, shall be determined as per ownership documents. Structural Safety Certificate may be obtained from IIT-Delhi, CBRI-Roorkee, RITES-Delhi, National Council for Cement and Building Material-Faridabad and IIT-Roorkee.

The builder has to ensure that no damage or loss is caused to the existing floors or adjoining buildings.

According to Chandolia, "Due to lack of guidelines, unauthorised constructions in approved colonies have become a burning problem for the city."

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