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Cheer for proposed building bye-laws

Patna, July 25: The proposed Bihar Municipal Building Bye-Laws & Building Code-2011 (Draft) is receiving good response from various development-oriented agencies from both within the state and at the national-level.

According to sources, an overall positive environment was created during a recent brainstorming session held by the state urban development department on the proposed laws and codes.

Delegates from various agencies, including Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Confederation of Real Estate Developers of India (Credai), Builders’ Association of India (BAI) and representatives of urban local bodies in the state among others expressed agreement on most of the points discussed during the presentation on the proposed bye-laws and codes.

The principal secretary of the urban development department made the presentation.

“The presentation, including the provisions of the laws and codes, were explained in detail and the principal secretary was highly responsive on the feedback given by delegates and representatives. Moreover, most of the provisions of the proposed laws and codes discussed during the meeting seemed futuristic and apt for phased development of the cities,” said Sachin Chandra, president of Patna chapter of BAI.

Chandra said though certain riders have been put on builders and developers, these were good for maintaining discipline in construction and development work.

Delegates from the architects’ body also expressed satisfaction on the proposed building bye-laws and codes.

“The present building byelaws are very old, which are not comparable with technical advancement at present. Moreover, the proposed bye-laws and codes seem good. Many proposed provisions including those for multiplexes, multi-parking, and others are in line with the present trends in development,” said Vishnu Chaudhary, the honorary secretary of Bihar and Jharkhand chapter of IIA. Chaudhary, however, said a final assessment along with suggestions from IIA on the proposed bye-laws and codes would be arrived at in a day or two.

The urban development department has sought suggestions and feedbacks from various bodies on the draft of the proposed building byelaws and codes before submitting it to the cabinet for final approval.

“The proposed building bye-laws and codes are conducive for planned development of cities on international standards. If enough parking space or ventilation space is being made mandatory, it is good for development of organised neighbourhoods,” said Nanhey Kumar, the chairman of the urban development sub-committee of Bihar Chamber of Commerce.

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