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Developers’ guidelines

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 28: Real estate developers taking up new housing projects may now deposit the no-objection certificate (NOC) fees to the development authority instead of the municipal corporation.

The civic body council today passed a resolution, which said the development authority could collect 1 per cent of the project cost towards periphery development or amenity development charges while approving the building plans. The plan will be approved following issuance of the corporation’s no objection certificate.

The corporation council today also passed a proposal to provide revised minimum wage to labourers.

The labourers will get Rs 150 instead of Rs 90 as daily wage. This will benefit nearly 1,500 people.

Earlier, the civic body was collecting 2 per cent of the project cost of a housing venture within the municipal corporation area.

“We wanted to get rid of the monetary component, and now, want to see the work to be done in time. Therefore, the development authority will collect the fees and it will again come to the civic body,” said mayor Ananta Narayan Jena.

“In fact, many builders objected and even raised legal questions over collection of fees by two different government agencies. While the corporation was collecting NOC fees, the development authority was collecting plan approval fees,” said a senior civic body official.

However, a councillor, on condition of anonymity, said: “The Finance Commission’s grants might be affected if the planning approval will not come to the corporation and continues to stay with the development authority. The authorities should not violate the central guidelines.”

BMC-Bhawani Project

The council today approved the minimum price for the commercial space of the corporation’s share in the BMC-Bhawani project. The housing and urban development corporation, which was the consultant for benchmarking of the price, has fixed the minimum price at Rs 8,550 per square feet. The civic body would get a minimum of Rs 65.66 crore from its share of commercial space in Saheed Nagar.

Similarly, from the 50,449sqft ground floor space for the displaced traders, 110 will get 120sqft constructed shops by the project and 361, 36sqft open “pindi” space. “The allocation will be made according to the Orissa High Court directive. There were 595 applicants in this case,” said Jena.