Now Building Plan Approval Mandatory For Apartments In Rural Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Construction of multi-storied buildings, apartments, group housing projects, commercial buildings in rural areas in Odisha will require necessary permission and plan approval of the Director, Town Planning.

Permission/plan approval will be required for buildings with built-up areas exceeding 500 sqm and / or G+ 2 heights (three-storied) and Layout Plan exceeding Ac.1.00 in rural areas that are outside the jurisdiction of Development Authorities/Regional Improvement Trusts/Special Planning Authorities.

Plans for such buildings will be received by the concerned Panchayat Samiti and shall be forwarded to the concerned District Town Planning Unit for Technical Sanction. The District Town Planning Units will obtain the concurrence of the Director, Town Planning, Odisha and accordingly communicate the Technical Sanction to the concerned Panchayat Samiti for the issue of final approval to the applicants.

The State government has published a notification in this regard in the official gazette on October 18.

The objective of the notification is to regulate construction of Multi-storied Buildings, Apartments, Group Housing Projects, Commercial Buildings and Layout Plans for rural areas both within and outside the Development Plan/ Master Plan area of Development Authorities/ Improvement Trusts/ Special Planning Authorities and for providing the required and adequate basic services and off-site infrastructure.

Moreover, the notification says that in the case of construction activities taken up without prior approval of the Development Authorities/ Regional Improvement Trusts/ Special Planning Authorities/ Town Planning Units/ Panchayat Samitis, within the jurisdiction of the Planning Authorities or in rural areas as the case may be, the buildings may be regularized by way of compounding as per the prevailing Planning and Building Standard Regulations.

Again, 50% of the compounding fees collected by the Planning Authorities shall be deposited with the concerned Gram Panchayat by the Planning Authorities before regularizing the building plans or with the Panchayat Samitis before technical sanction by the District Town Planning Units.

The notification further says that in the absence of separate Planning and Building Standard Rules/ Regulations for rural areas to deal with the Technical Sanction outside the jurisdiction of Development Authorities/ Regional Improvement Trusts/ Special Planning Authorities, The  Odisha Special Planning Authorities and Regional Improvement Trusts Common Planning and Building Standard Rules, 2017 will be applicable in the said rural areas which will be followed for according Technical Sanction.

PratapJena, Minister, H & UD, Odisha

Piyush Ranjan Rout, Urban Planner


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