Gujarat announces new Common General Development Control Regulation for construction
The State of Gujarat announces new common General Development Control Regulations (GDCR) for construction activities within the state. The new regulation are applicable with effect from March 31, 2018. This has been done with an aim to remove discrepancies and bring about a greater transparency and improve ease of doing business for construction activities. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani approved the new common GDCR, to be implemented from 31st March, 2018. According to a release by PTI, the new rules will be applicable in all eight municipal corporations, 162 municipalities and the areas governed by 23 Urban Development Authorities in Gujarat. Up till now, every city/local body was governed by their own GDCR, but now all individual GDCR will be dissolved and only the new GDCR will be the governing rule. The new rule allows a height of up to 11 metres will be permissible for houses in Kutch, an earthquake-prone region, against up to 10 metres permitted earlier. To facilitate `stack parking’, where cars are parked one on top of the other through a mechanical platform, the GDCR allows raising the height of the parking floor from the present 2.8 metres to 4.5 metres. To avoid congestion on roads near commercial complexes and malls, use of basement for loading and unloading of goods will be allowed under the new GDCR.
For new houses on a plot smaller than 25 sq metres, the requirement of leaving a margin space all around, will also be waived. According to the new rule, such constructions will need to leave a margin space, only on the side of the common road. The rule also mandates use of double flush systems in toilets having two different buttons or handles instead of the single flush system. The dual button or handle system allows less or more water to be dispensed according to the need.