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Realtors submit views on bye-laws

Patna, Dec. 28: Realtors, including builders, architects and industry bodies, in the state capital today presented their feedback on the much-touted maiden building bye-laws to the urban development and housing department.

Delegates of associations, including Builders’ Association of India (BAI), Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India, Bihar Industries Association, Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries and others, submitted their memorandum on the proposed bye-laws to S. Siddharth, secretary, urban development and housing department at the New Secretariat today.

Siddharth said: “We had detailed discussions on various clauses of the byelaws with stakeholders. Majority of objections were related to floor area ratio (FAR) and road width norms. We would scrutinise the feedback over the next 15 days and hold another round of meeting after January 15.”

“Though it was a short interaction, the secretary heard concerns raised by us. He seemed open to our suggestions of making few modifications in the proposed bye-laws,” said Manikant, state convener, national vice president, BAI.

The draft of the Bihar Municipal Building Byelaws was released by the urban development and housing department on December 14 and feedback on it would be accepted till December 31. Siddharth said around 170 feedback applications were received till date through mail.

Highlighting few objections raised on the provisions of the bye-laws, Manikant said: “We demanded that the setback requirement should not be uniform for all four sides of the building. We also demanded that the minimum FAR be increased from 0.75 to 2.”