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    Regular checks on under construction high-rises in Chennai

    Tamil Nadu Combined Development

    This is a key feature of the Tamil Nadu Combined Development and Building Rules, 2019, five years after an 11-storeyed tower under construction collapsed at Moulivakkam killing 61 people.

    The Common Building Rules, notified by the municipal administration and water supply department on Monday, was released by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

    It has brought the entire state under the single umbrella of development regulations that were separate for Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) and Directorate of Town and Country (DTCP) till now.

    The rules stipulate that developers should furnish the progress certificate signed by the registered architect, registered engineer and structural engineer to the concerned planning authority at different stages such as plinth and last storey of the structure. “On receipt of the progress certificate from the developer, it shall be the duty of the competent authority to check any deviation from the approved plan and convey the decision within 15 working days for compliance,” the rule said.

    This will end the existing practice of visiting the site only during the final stages for issuing the completion certificate making developers and professionals engaged in the project responsible for any deviation.

    Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) Chennai chapter vice-president S Sridharan welcomed the move saying it would help curtailing deviations. “The respective planning authorities should ensure that they respond within time because any delay will have an adverse impact on the construction progress and its deadline,” he said.

    The rules have revised the parameters for construction on smaller roads. While eight dwelling units are allowed on a road that is six-metre wide, people can construct 16 units on a road with width between six metres and nine metres. “The rules are a bonanza for small developers who are engaged in construction of non-high rise buildings (ground + four or stilt + five). With more dwelling units allowed on roads with lesser width, small towns and other cities outside Chennai will witness increased construction activity,” Sridharan said. However, there was little concession for high-rise buildings, he said.

    The new rules look at densification of available space and promoting vertical growth. Vice-chairman of Builders’ Association of India’s Southern Centre, Ramaprabhu, said unauthorised constructions would come down due to increase in floor space index and relaxation in setback area. “At the same time, the government should take steps to improve infrastructure facilities as more population would be concentrated in a particular pocket,” he said.

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