Builders Fail To Go Green, Amc Sees Red, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

June 27, 2023

AHMEDABAD: For a long time, builders in Ahmedabad city had been deluding the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) into believing that they supported the ‘green’ cause when, in fact, they planted trees only to get the building use (BU) permission and neglect them afterwards.

To stop this practice, municipal commissioner M Thennarasan has issued a circular stating that the civic body will crack down on builders who do not care for the trees after receiving BU permission.

The circular states that builders will be required to plant trees and place tree guards at a sufficient height at the time of seeking BU nod. The photographs of the same are to be shared as proof. The garden department will then inspect the site after a specific duration to ensure that the trees have been grown according to the rules.

If the trees are found to be missing, the builder will be issued a notice to ensure they are back in place within 15 days. “If the trees are not in their place within 15 days, the AMC will take legal action,” said a senior town development official of the AMC.

The list of building plans that were approved for BU permissions will be shared with the garden department. The department will inspect the sites to ensure that trees are present at spots shown in photographs submitted.

The state government’s common GDCR requires new residential and commercial schemes in Ahmedabad and other cities to grow five trees per 200 sq m of area. The AMC collects a refundable tree fee or a deposit of Rs 1,000 per tree for residential projects and Rs 2,000 per tree for commercial projects. However, most builders have not claimed this amount, which has accumulated to Rs 100 crore in 15 years. “This clearly shows that the builders have no interest in growing trees,” adds the TDO official.

Prior to the pandemic, 4,200 building plans used to be approved on average, of which 60% were of residential and mixed-use buildings. The number of new construction plans declined in the last three years due to the pandemic. In 2019-20, 2,290 plans were approved, in 2020-21, 1,575 plans and in 2021-22, 2,070 plans got the nod. The AMC received Rs 9.15 crore, Rs 6.10 crore and Rs 6.95 crore respectively as tree fee or deposit in these years, the officials said.

“The new circular by the commissioner aims to ensure that builders follow the rules of tree plantation and do not deceive the AMC or the public by making false claims,” said the AMC town planning department official.

  • Published On Jun 27, 2023 at 09:13 AM IST

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