To get around MoEF norms, Kerala redefines 'high-rise'

Kerala redefines

Maharashtra has also objected to the new high-rise clearance norms and sources said more than 100 such building projects in the state are awaiting environment approval. The Maharashtra Chambers of Housing Industries had also filed a petition before the state high court on the high-rise guidelines.

The developments have forced the MoEF to revisit the guidelines and a committee has been constituted under Planning Commission member Dr K Kasturirangan to review the provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2006 for grant of environmental clearance for various building, road and SEZ projects.

This committee is not only reviewing the prescribed co-relation of height of buildings with the width of roads and distance from fire station but also highway related issues. It will review the requirement of environmental clearance for highway expansion projects up to right of way of 60 m and length of 200 km.

The panel will also review the requirement of environmental clearance for building and real estate projects to avoid duplication considering that such projects will be covered by local civic authorities and under the provision of the relevant master plan, building control regulations and safety guidelines. The categorization of roads, SEZs and building as A, B, B1 and B2 will also be revisited.

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