Govt relaxes norms for construction of third floor in residential buildings

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SummarySpelling major relief to Delhi residents, the Delhi government has relaxed norms for construction of an additional floor in residential buildings with multiple ownership.

Spelling major relief to Delhi residents, the Delhi government has relaxed norms for construction of an additional floor in residential buildings with multiple ownership.

The move, the government said, was aimed at weeding out corruption from the process of getting building plans sanctioned.

According to the new directive, issued by Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna and passed on to the Delhi government and the municipal corporations, people having rights over third floor will no longer require a no-objection certificate (NOC) from other floor owners for expansion of the third floor.

Raj Niwas sources said a “very clear-cut” instruction was passed on to all the municipal bodies last month that they “should not insist on production of NOC for giving approval for construction of the third floor”.

Occupants of the existing lower floors, however, will have the option of expressing their views to the municipal bodies about expansion of the building and the municipal corporation “will take a decision on applications purely based on merit”.

Khanna has also directed the municipal corporations to examine structural safety and compliance of building by-laws while giving approval for construction of the third floor. While construction of the third floor is allowed in residential areas, according to the 2021 Delhi Master Plan, a 2007 Supreme Court order had stayed the provision till it came out with its final order on the MPD.

However, in March 2008, the court had allowed construction of third floor in residential areas on the condition that owners of the flat will have to submit an affidavit saying that they will abide by the final decision of the court on the validity of MPD 2021.

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