New DC rules will kill high rise panel
Civic officials said the new DCR ends ambiguity and makes it easy for developers to prepare plans
Mar 09, 2015
Source : The Times of India


MUMBAI: With the new development control regulations (DCR) spelling out the permissible height of a building along a road according to its width, the high-rise committee may become redundant, civic officials said. A member agreed on the need to do away with the committee but said the draft DCR was a sell-out to builders. 

While the state has given a clear mandate of ''ease of doing business'', municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte has directed that the time needed to clear projects be reduced. Civic officials said the new DCR ends ambiguity and makes it easy for developers to prepare plans. "They will know beforehand if a project will be approved or not," civic officials said. 

The regulations help implement the development plan. The draft DP has proposed higher floor space index ranging from 3.5 to 8 to meet the city's needs for more housing and office/commercial space. 

Civic officials said the national building code provides requirements for earthquake-proof buildings and fire safety norms. "The no-objection certificate from the chief fire officer should be sufficient to allow a developer to go-ahead with construction," officials said. 

Ajit Khatri, ex-president, Practising Engineers, Architects and Town Planners Association, said it will reduce time required for a building plan to be approved. 

A senior fire officer said in case of high-rises, as per global practices, most fire-fighting equipment has to be installed within the building, and an external lift has to be provided for firemen to gain entry. "There is a requirement for open space around the building to manoeuvre our fire engines too," he said.

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