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Single-window clearance for real estate and construction projects has become a reality, at least in Delhi. Henceforth applicants in the national Capital can make one single online application to concerned urban local body instead of approaching various agencies thereby reducing human interface and enabling approvals in just 30 days. Coming on the heels of a major reformatory Bill that is set to transform the way the real estate industry operates in the country, the user friendly building bylaws announced for Delhi have come as a boon for the sector.

Real estate and construction projects in Delhi will now get Government approvals within 30 days through an integrated online single-window approval process under the revised building bylaws announced by Urban Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on March 30. The new bylaws also integrate environmental clearances with the building sanctioning process, reduce number of documents for building permits and completion and occupancy certificates and provide for green buildings.

“These bylaws would prove to be a role model for other cities in times to come,” said Naidu while releasing the Unified Building Bylaws for Delhi -2016, which aim to boost ease of doing business in the national Capital.

Revised after 33 years, the new bylaws make the ease of doing through unification and simplification of a host of amendments made over the last three decades and integration of approvals by different agencies into a single platform.

“A singlewindow mechanism comes into effect so as to improve the ease of doing construction business in the national Capital as desired by the Prime Minister’s Office besides promoting investments.”
M VENKAIAH NAIDU, Urban Development Minister

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Naidu further said a single window mechanism comes into effect so as to improve the ease of doing construction business in the national Capital as desired by the Prime Minister’s Office besides promoting investments. “Delhi’s building bylaws were last revised in 1983 and several amendments were made over the last three decades resulting in complexity and even confusion in understanding various changes and filing applications accordingly. To do away with this problem, the bylaws have been unified for easy reference besides simplification of processes”, he added.

The previous bylaws, which were notified by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in 1983, had been amended many times, with last amendments made in 2009. The new revised bylaws have been notified by DDA and will be applicable on the areas under DDA’s jurisdiction.

The minister said that building plan approvals have been streamlined through simplification and integration of processes through various new provisions. One common single application form has been devised for online submission by the building proponents (applicants) to the concerned urban local body instead of applying to various agencies like Airports Authority of India, National Monuments Authority, Delhi Fire Services, Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Urban Arts Commission, Delhi Metro, Power distribution companies, concerned Central ministries like Forests, Railways and Defence etc.

Applicants will not be required to make required payments to various agencies separately and instead can make single payment to the concerned urban local body electronically.

Seamless integration has been put in place so that concerned urban local body will obtain approvals from other concerned agencies online there by drastically reducing the time taken for sanctions besides eliminating human interface with various agencies. AAI, NMA, DUAC, DMRC etc have been integrated for single-window clearance. Central ministries concerned will be integrated shortly. By this, applicants will not be required to separately approach these agencies for approvals/No-Objection Certificates.

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The Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change has now concurred to integrate approvals by agreeing to empower urban local bodies to accord environmental clearance for built-up area up to 1,50,000 sq.mt as against the present norm of obtaining EC from state environment assessment authorities under that ministry for built up area of 20,000 sq.mt and above up to 1,50,000 sq. mtrs. For residential plots of size up to 105 square metres, the plot owner need not obtain sanction of building plans. He/she has to just to submit an undertaking intimating about construction along with requisite fees and other documents to start construction.

Under the risk-based classification newly adopted for residential plotted buildings and warehouses/storage facilities/godowns, an architect/engineer is empowered to issue building permits for lowrisk residential buildings (105-500 sq.mtrs) and very low-risk godowns of up to 250 sq.mtrs. For low-risk and moderate risk category buildings, local bodies will be required to grant permits within 10 to 20 days.

As per the revised bylaws, approvals/no-objection certificates by external agencies like AAI, NMA, Delhi Fire Services, DMRC and the Ministry of Environment etc., will be granted within 15 days. The number of documents to be submitted for obtaining building permits has been reduced from 40 to just 14.

Procedure for obtaining Completion-cum- Occupancy Certificate has been simplified by reducing the number of documents to be submitted by the owner from 36 to just nine.

Obtaining permission for commencement of construction has been removed. Instead, the applicant, who had already obtained building permit can intimate the concerned local body and proceed with construction work. The maximum time-limit for granting building permit has been reduced from 60 days to just 30 days to enhance the ease doing business.

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Local bodies will prepare an automated calculator for building permit fee including betterment levy, additional FAR etc and be made available on website for use by the applicants.

In the context of climate change challenge, the Unified Building Bylaws for Delhi -2016 seek to promote green and sustainable construction practices. All buildings on plot sizes of more than 105 square metres have to conform to the mandatory green building norms for obtaining sanctions. These include provisions for water conservation and management, solar energy utilisation, energy efficiency and management. These measures will help in making Delhi more sustainable and environment friendly, according to the Government.

The new bylaws also require measures for ensuring safety in terms of provisions for structural design and earthquake disaster mitigation.

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