Report Filed 2 Months Ago, Yet No Govt Call On 4th Floor Policy, ET RealEstate

August 27, 2023

GURUGRAM: Thousands of plot owners and homebuyers are in a fix as the state government is yet to take a stand on the policy allowing stilt plus for floors, two months after an expert committee submitted a report on the issue with its recommendations. Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar recently said the matter is still being discussed.

Approvals for new four-floor building plans in residential plots were put on hold in February, this year. As a result, owners of residential plots bought through e-auction from the Haryana Shahri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) are unable to construct buildings on their properties as per the four floor plan.

According to sources, HSVP has sold more than one thousand plots via e-auction according to the floor area ratio (FAR) of four floors with stilt parking in Gurgaon alone.

But now, neither is it approving the building plans of four floors with stilt parking, nor withdrawing the allotments and returning the money to allottees.

The expert panel set up by the government had prepared a comprehensive report after holding consultations with the general public, RWA representatives, builders, departments and experts of the authorities concerned. In its report, the expert committee pressed for revision of the Haryana Building Code, 2017 and said there is a need to address ground coverage, FAR and structural safety flaws. It also sought a mechanism to curb misuse of stilt areas and parking problems.

It also sought a mechanism to curb misuse of stilt areas and parking problems. In its recommendations, the committee also said a panel headed by the director general of the department of town and country planning (DTCP) should review the building norms.

Neeraj Sharma, the Congress MLA from Faridabad, said he asked the chief minister during a Vidhan Sabha session about the status of the policy, to which Khattar replied that the matter is under consideration. “It has been six months since this stilt plus four floor policy was put in abeyance but the BJP-led state government is yet to take action on the matter,” he said.

Meanwhile, developers said the upgrade of infrastructure, which is a key concern, remains ignored. In the last one year, MCG has taken over more than half a dozen licensed colonies, but infrastructure upgrade and development work haven’t started in any of these areas till date, members of the Gurgaon Home Developers Association said.

“In all the colonies, residents are facing problems related to electricity and water supply, cleaning of sewer lines and stormwater drains and renovation of roads. No authority is working in that direction,” a member said.

Narendra Yadav, president of the association said developers as well as homebuyers have been affected due to lack of clarity.

“New construction is not starting due to lack of clarity. We have ment senior officials several times over the matter to no avail. We urge the government to take a positive decision regarding the four-floor policy as soon as possible. This is not only our demand, but also the need of the hour,” he said.

The state government had in 2019 allowed registration of the fourth floor as an independent dwelling unit.

  • Published On Aug 25, 2023 at 08:57 AM IST

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