RAMGARH: The coal and garrison town of Ramgarh has failed to attract realtors despite its proximity to the state capital Ranchi. Even though the town has potential for real estate businesses, most have ignored Ramgarh due to Cantonment Board restrictions on construction of multi-storey buildings.
The provisions of building by-laws of the Cantonment Board, which is a local civic body under the administrative control of the defence estate department of the ministry of defence, restricts construction of multi-storey buildings on Cantonment Board of Ramgarh (CBR) land.
This restriction is specific to Ramgarh and not imposed in neighbouring districts like Jamshedpur, Bokaro or Dhanbad.
CBR chief executive officer (CEO) Om Prakash Singh said construction plans with more than two-story buildings were not being approved by the Borad, but a proposal to increase the height of buildings both residential and commercial is under consideration of the defence estate department's central command office in Lucknow. "There are some restrictions on buildings in CBR command areas as the height of building has been fixed and no multi-story building are allowed," Singh said.
Ramgarh is one of the largest of the 62 garrison towns in India, said a CBR official on Saturday, adding that the local civic bodies in garrison towns were under administrative control of ministry of defence.
Binod Nemani, President RIADA Industries Association, Ramgarh, said that the town had real potential for real estate business because of its location in the coal belt and the industrial hub, but no realtor has come up with any residential and commercial building plan due to the restrictions.
"Cost of land in Ramgarh is more or less the same as that of big cities of the state, including Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad," Nemani said.
He added that the government should ensure that the development of Ramgarh should not suffer due to these restrictions.
Raju Chaturvedi, president of Ramgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (RCCI), said that the organization has submitted a number of memorandums to the CBR demanding lifting of restrictions. "The Government of India in the early 50s had issued a notification for land acquisition in Ramgarh town for instant use of military station, but that land is still unused due to it being in a notified area sale," Chaturvedi said.