Government amends rules governing 1 kilometre stretch on either side of the Outer Ring Road (ORR)

Certain features of the Special Development Regulations, which govern a stretch of 1 km on either side of the Outer Ring Road (ORR) – the Growth Corridor, have been amended by the State government.

The new rules mandate that all properties abutting the ORR should mandatorily have an open buffer, a minimum building setback of 15 metres from the outer edge and no direct access onto the service roads.

No projections, structures, hoardings, billboards, uni-poles and related advertising structures, telecom towers, transformers, machinery, dish antennae or related structures would be allowed within this buffer zone. The area within the zone has to be considered as mandatory open space for layouts and setbacks for proposed buildings and no stairs or ramps for parking would be allowed here.

The order of the Municipal Administration & Urban Development (MA&UD) Department also lists requirements for Group Housing Schemes and Social Housing which include apartment block/blocks, row housing, cluster housing, mixed housing units, gated developments and residential enclaves.

These would be permitted in sites 4,000 sq.m and above and out of the total site area, the developer has to set apart three per cent of the land for HMDA free of cost for capitalisation towards provision of Master Plan facilities. This condition, however, applies only to sites located outside GHMC limits and the owner/developer has the option of paying 1.5 times the basic value of such land to HMDA in lieu of the land.

On grant of Transferable Development Rights (TDR) and other like concessions, these would be considered by the competent authority according to the AP Building Rules, 2012 but no such concession would be given in the buffer zone along ORR.

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