Delhi Gets Single Window Policy To Clear Building Plan

Published on: Mar 31, 2016 @ 16:13

Delhi is set to become the first urban area in the country to streamline its building permissions so that building plans are sanctioned within a 30-day period.

Union  Minister  for  Urban  Development  M.  Venkaiah  Naidu  announced  on  Wednesday the new  Unified Building  Bye-laws  2016  for  Delhi.  In  a  significant  policy  shift  in  Delhi’s building  bye-laws he  announced  an  integrated   “single-window  clearance”   for  construction plan  for  both  residential  and commercial properties within  a  30-day  period. The  new  policy  would  also  exempt  owners  of  residential  plots up  to  105  sq  mtrs from  seeking sanction  of building  plan.

Announcing  the  new  policy  at  a  press  conference,  Venkaiah  Naidu  said  “The  laws  have  been  made  user-friendly  through  unification  and  simplification  of  a  host  of  amendments  made  over  the  last  three  decades  and  integration  of  approvals  by  different  agencies  into  a  single  platform.”   “The  new  process  would  reduce  human  interface  and  enable  approvals  in  just  30  days,”  he  added.

Revised  after  33  years,  the  bye-laws  have  streamlined  building  construction  norms  and  procedures  in  the  capital.   Naidu  said  the  new  single-window  mechanism  would  help  ease  construction  business  in  the  national  capital  besides  promoting  investment.

He  said  that  this  is  in  keeping  with  the  central  government’s  attempts  at  streamlining  permissions  for  real  estate  projects.  We  thought  of  setting  an  example  with  Delhi.  Mumbai  is  also  working  on  doing  the  same  and  this  will  be  followed  by  other  cities,”  said  Naidu. “After  these  two  major  cities  we  would  ask  other  cities  to  follow  suit,”  Naidu  said.

Delhi  is  set  to  become  the  first  urban  area  in  the  country  to   streamline  its  building  permissions  so  that  building  plans  are  sanctioned  within  a  30-day  period.

The  new  by-laws  will  be  applicable  to  all  three  municipal  corporations  of  Delhi,  and  areas  that  fall  under  the  New  Delhi  Municipal  Corporation,  Delhi  Development  Authority  (DDA),  Cantonment  Board  of  Delhi  and  the  Airport  Authority  of  India.

Now,  Under  the  new  system,   an  applicant  need  to  fill  in  only  one    application  online  to  a  single  concerned  urban  local  body   to  obtain  clearances  for  building  plans  in  the  capital  instead  of  approaching  various  agencies. The  authority  has  to  decide  on  the  application  within  30  days.

Earlier,  applicants  had  to  go  through  a  cumbersome  process  to  get  sanction  of  building  plans  from  various  government  agencies  such  as  the  National  Monuments  Authority,  Department  of  Environment  and  Heritage  Protection,  Delhi  Fire  Services  and  the  Airports  Authority  of  India  etc.

Now,  applicants  will  not  be  required  to  make  payments  to  various  agencies  for  obtaining  approvals separately  and  instead  can  make  one  single  payment  electronically  to  the  urban  local  body  concerned.   The  number  of  documents  to  be  submitted  for  obtaining  building  permits  has  also  been  considerably  reduced  from  40  to  just  14.

The  minister  said  that  in  case  of  failure  on  the  part  of  officials  in  granting  building  permits within  30  days, construction  can  start  based  on  deemed  permissions.

According  to  the  new  by-laws,  the  owners  of  residential  plots  of  up  to  105  sq  mtrs  need  not  require  to obtain   sanction  of  building  plans.  They  just  need  to  submit  an  undertaking  informing  the  local  body  about  the  proposed  construction  along  with  the  requisite  fees  and  other  documents  to  begin  construction.  “If  the  undertakings  are  found  to  be  false  at  any  time,  this  will  amount  to  demolition  of  the  building,” Naidu  said.

The  law  also  makes  it  mandatory  for  all  plot  owners,  including  government  complexes  spread  over  3000 sq mtrs  or  more,  to  compulsorily  build  public  toilets  in  addition  to  the  mandatory  requirement.

The  new  bye-laws  also  has  provisions  for  accessible  ladder  to  water  tank  for  prevention  of  dengue  besides  promoting  green  energy  and  sustainable construction  practices.

Minister  for  Environment  and  Forests  Prakash  Javadekar  said  “The  environment  conditions will  be  in-built in the  building  local  bye-laws  as  in  the  case  of  Delhi  and  no  separate environmental  clearance  will  be  required. A  draft  notification  to  this  effect  will  soon  be introduced  by  the  ministry.”

The  new  bye-laws  announced  by  the  union  urban  minister  will  make  construction  user-friendly.  The  new  system  will  be  helpful  in  getting  faster  approval  of  proposals  as  the  processes  have  been  unified  and  simplified.

Ajay Verma

Ajay Verma, founder and writer of TheHousingWorld, a real estate and mortgage news website. He has over fifteen years of rich experience in the above mentioned industries.

Next Post

Home Loans Get Cheaper With New Lending Rate Structure

Sun Apr 3 , 2016
Published on: Apr 3, 2016 @ 07:18 The MCLR keeps getting revised every month as cost of new deposits changes.Under the new formula, changes in lending rates would not be automatically result in revision of rates for the borrower. Home  loans  are  set  to  get  cheaper  with  banks  start  implementing  the  […]