MCD to make Floor-wise Approval of Construction Plans easier in Delhi Municipality Limits

Owners of residential flats, builder-floors, individual floors, commercial usage floor-spaces and the likes in India's capital city of Delhi have a reason to rejoice this summer.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) plans to modify, better and restart the service offered to Delhiites so as to make the floor-wise approval of construction plans easier that fall in the Delhi Municipality Limits. MCD may soon be coming up with revised guidelines for floor-wise regularizing and sanctioning of building plans in accordance with the Master Plan of Delhi 2021.

Putting this technical jargon in plain simple words for the easy understanding of our readers...

Presently, if a particular flat / individual floor / builder-floor/ commercial floorspace owner had to modify, expand, renovate or construct the floor area in his/her possession (P.S.: mind it... this doesn't apply to common areas or the areas under dispute, or acts leading to encroachment of space/area!), he/she is  necessarily required to obtain a 'No Objection Certificate (NOC)' from all other owners/ occupants/ neighbors of the building before taking up any new work. This was of course besides the requisite necessary approvals of the plans of proposed construction/ renovation/ modification from the regulatory authorities.

However, it was noted in many a cases that
obtaining a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from other occupants of the building was next to impossible; not only because there could have been genuine concerns of other owners/ occupants/ neighbors about the new works, but also because some of them would simply not comply for want of unreasonable sums of money, or special favors, or other unjustified benefits.

These new proposed guidelines for easier floor-wise regularizing and sanctioning of building plans, however, shall also call for revising the rules for calculating the 'Floor Aspect Ratio (F.A.R.)' that is presently calculated for an entire building/ structure built on a particular piece of land; and not with respect to various floors and flats and commercial spaces. This would require the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to stipulate guidelines for fixing respective F.A.R. for each and every floor and/or flat or individual/commercial space on a particular floor.

MCD also clarified and stressed upon the need for additional assistance from regulatory authorities/ concerns and independent authorized panels of civil, structural, public safety & health engineers, etc. for checking the submitted plans and assess the structures for stability & safety as well assessing the availability & sufficiency of the allied public services in terms of demand & supply of the commodities & services like water, electricity, parking, common areas amounting to accessibility, etc.

A quick note and word of advice from team bricks-n-mortar in this regard:

Though it is always good to have flexible rules and guidelines that shall benefit umpteen of people in carrying out the justified planned modification/ renovation/ new construction without going through the hassles of obtaining NOC from others in the building, one important thing must always be kept in the back of mind...  UTILIZE THE BENEFITS PROVIDED BY AUTHORITIES IN GOOD FAITH.  HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS WHILE PLANNING ANY MODIFICATION/ ALTERATION/ NEW CONSTRUCTION THINKING TWICE IF OTHERS LIVING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD COULD BE AFFECTED FOR WORSE BY YOUR WORK. NEVER THINK SELFISHLY AND PUT YOUR NEIGHBORS IN TROUBLE.
As has wisely been said otherwise...  "One who digs pit for others, usually falls thyself"
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