Gujarat announces common Development Control Regulations across state
In a bid to remove discrepancies and bring a greater transparency and improve ease of doing business for construction activities, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani has approved the new common General Development Control Regulations (GDCR), which will be applicable across the state from March 31, 2018.
The new rules will be applicable in all eight municipal corporations, 162 municipalities and areas governed by 23 Urban Development Authorities in the state, said an official release. Till now, every city/local body had its own GDCR. Now, there will be a common set of rules for construction.
Thanks to the new rules, a height of up to 11 metres will be permissible for houses in Kutch, an earthquake-prone region, against up to 10 metres permitted earlier. To facilitate `stack parking’, where cars are parked one above another using a mechanical platform, the GDCR allows raising the height of the parking floor from the present 2.8 metres to 4.5 metres, said the release. To avoid congestion on roads near commercial complexes and malls, use of basement for loading and unloading of goods will be allowed under the GDCR, it added.
For new houses on a plot smaller than 25 sq metres, the requirement of leaving a margin space all around, will be waived. Such constructions will need to leave a margin space, only on the side of the common road.
To save water, the new rules mandate use of double flush systems in toilets, instead of the single flush system, said the release. The double flush system has two different buttons or handles, which release different amounts of water.