Capt led Punjab Cabinet okays new building rules to boost construction industry

DW BUREAU / Chandigarh

The Punjab Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on Saturday paved the way for easing of building rules to give a further boost to the construction industry, while facilitating better urban planning and development in the state.

The cabinet stamped its approval on the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Rules-2018, providing for Purchasable Unlimited Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for Group Housing, Commercial, Public Office, Hotel and Industrial Buildings, while increasing Permissible FAR for residential plotted development and Educational buildings.

The new Rules were drafted after taking suggestions from co-departments and general public on a draft uploaded in the public domain. Relevant suggestions received were considered and duly incorporated in these rules, which will replace the Punjab Urban Development Authority Building Rules 2013, according to an official spokesperson. Other key features of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Rules-2018 include new provision for Rental housing/Hostel, Dhaba, Miniplex and Multiplex, Wholesale Trade/ Warehouse/ Integrated Freight Complex, besides increase in commercial use in Group Housing projects from 0.20% to 1%.

Apart from this, 5% additional Ground Coverage has been permitted in the case of retail service industry, while ground coverage for Commercial building has been increased from 40% to 45%, the official spokesperson disclosed after the Cabinet meeting. A new provision has been incorporated for Orphanage Home, Old Age Home, Children’s Institute/School for Mentally challenged or Physically Handicapped Persons. Under the Rules, scrutiny for building plan approval of school or care centre for Disabled persons / Mentally Challenged Persons, Orphanage and Old Age Home would not be chargeable. Besides, an additional 5 percent floor area ratio (FAR) free of charge and 100% exemption of building scrutiny fee has been allowed on submission of Green Building Certificate. The Rules also make a mandatory provision for rooftop solar photovoltaic installation for electricity generation in buildings.

(editor@dailyworld.in)

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