Agency Issued Occupancy Certs To Just 49 Structures In Five Years, ET RealEstate

September 25, 2023

BHUBANESWAR: The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has issued occupancy certificates (OCs) to only 49 buildings in the past five years. Technically, buildings that do not have OCs should not get electricity, water, sewerage and sanitation services.

OC is given to buildings constructed following environmental, fire safety, planning and other norms.

Sources in the real estate industry said every year, around 200 buildings come up in Bhubaneswar. This means, of the approximate 1,000 structures built in the past five years, only 5% have OCs.

BDA’s annual report shows that in 2021 and 2022, it received 75 applications for OCs of which it cleared only 23. Between 2018 and 2020, BDA got 144 applications of which it processed 26.

“The number of rejected applications during these three years has been high. “A certificate for occupancy is issued when the norms mentioned in the plan approval are met. It is rejected if the builder fails to adhere to the norms,” said” BDA vice-chairman Balwant Singh.

An RTI reply from BDA on OCs issued to its own buildings, especially commercial projects, revealed that none of the projects has received an OC from the agency itself. These have been allowed to go on lottery and auction based on affidavits. On its website, the BDA has listed 28 commercial projects, including Indradhanu Market Complex, Priyadarsini Market Complex and Suryakiran Market Complex among others.

“The occupancy certificate is an important document. It is proof that the building is safe. The way the development authority is dealing with the matter is quite alarming and surprising,” said urban planner Dipu Nanda.

  • Published On Sep 24, 2023 at 12:00 PM IST

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