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Hint of flexible building norms

Rajgir, Dec. 30: Chief minister Nitish Kumar today hinted at different construction norms for different categories of towns, much to the relief of realtors anguished over the draft of the Bihar Municipal Building Byelaws.

Nitish gave assurances in this regard at the sixth Udyami Panchayat, focused on the construction sector, at the International Convention Centre here. Delegates of Builders’ Association of India, Bihar Industries Association, Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India and Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries hailed the move.

The draft of the Bihar Municipal Building Byelaws, 2013, released by the urban development and housing department on December 14 talked about uniform construction norms across the state, much to the discomfiture of the builders.

While hinting at different building norms for different categories of towns, Nitish urged the realtors to develop new townships to augment urbanisation in the state.

The discussions in the meeting mostly veered around the proposed building byelaws. Addressing a news briefing on the sidelines of the meet, principal secretary of the industries department Navin Verma said: “Most of the demands of the participants were related to fixing the floor area ratio on the population density and making different provisions for different areas in the state. Issues related to recent hike in minimum value register of land were also raised.”

The participants seemed satisfied after the panchayat. “The chief minister patiently listened to our issues and gave positive assurances. He asked the secretary of the urban development and housing department to incorporate different provisions for different categories of towns on my demand,” said Vishnu Kumar Choudhary, vice-chairman, Indian Institute of Architects, Bihar-Jharkhand chapter.

Online proposals

Nitish launched an online facility for submitting project proposals for setting up industries in the state on the website of the industries department (http://industries.bih.nic.in) at the Udyami Panchayat.