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Home > News > Govt To Relax Norms For Skyscrapers Developers Demands Noticed

Govt to relax norms for skyscrapers, developers’ demands noticed

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Apr. 04, 2012, 04:00 PM

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has submitted a proposal to Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister, considering developers’ demands to relax norms for skyscrapers, reports TOI.

The civic body has framed the proposal after numerous meetings with builders affiliated to the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI). 

Under the new proposal, BMC will approve buildings that are up to 120m tall or those with 34 floors through agencies like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). Plans for buildings that are 120m to 250m tall would be approved by consultants who have constructed three buildings of this height. Developers will have to get the plans approved by foreign consultants for buildings over 250m.

The proposal will get the approval after sometime. "The chief minister has sought clarifications from the civic body on some points. He wants to know the basic reason for stipulating a height of 120 m or for that matter 250m. He also wants to know where such buildings can come up and the impact they are likely to have on local infrastructure. Chavan does not like to approve a proposal if there is no rationale behind it," according to a high-ranking official in the Chief Minister’s office.

Experts on the highrise committee analyze the impact of towers on surroundings, the cone of influence in case of building collapses and the impact of factors such as the wind force and earthquakes on buildings.

The MCHI had earlier complained to Chavan that the government-appointed highrise committee had not cleared any proposal in six months though around 300 tower proposals were pending in Mumbai.

State government officials said height checks would be in place till the BMC's fire department is better geared. Currently, the equipment with the fire department cannot reach buildings that are over 70m tall.

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