The government has affirmed that the 10 per cent of the total built up space or 25 per cent of the total number of units of housing will have to be reserved for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Low Income Groups (LIG) for housing projects coming up in more than five acres with all amenities.

Or, alternatively the real estate developer will have to provide the 10 per cent mandatory built up space for both categories within 10 km radius of the project site or five kilometres of the nearest aerial route boundary of the respective municipal corporation limits.

Other urban local bodies have also the option of providing the built up space or units within five kilometres radius of the project site or five kilometres of the nearest aerial route boundary of the respective municipal limits.

EWS are entitled to five per cent of the built up space or housing units with maximum plinth area of 25 sq.mts each while LIG are entitled to five per cent built up space or housing units with maximum plinth area of 50 sq.mts. Or, 12.5 per cent of housing units for each category.

Developers can also purchase the mandatory EWS/LIG units developed by the A.P. Housing Board with all amenities within 10 km radius of the municipal corporations and five kilometres radius of other municipal bodies. But, in case of gram panchayats falling under the urban development authorities and sanctioned master plans, the EWS/LIG units have to be provided at the site only.

Two or more builders can also join hands to provide the required number of EWS/LIG units with respect to the proportionate area of their respective projects with all necessary amenities but the occupancy of the main project will be subject to completion of the units for the poor.

Further, the government has also stated that the mandatory housing quota is applicable to housing projects only and not for plotted developments or layouts. The clarification was issued by the Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration & Urban Development, B. Sam Bob, following certain clarification sought by the developers, recently.

For group housing residential projects between 3,000 sq.ft upto five acres, a shelter fee between Rs.750 per sq.mts to Rs.400 per sq.mts is to be charged depending upon the municipal area. He also made it clear that fire clearances have to be obtained for any residential building of more than 18 metres height, commercial buildings of 15 metres high.

Public buildings like those dealing with education, cinemas, function halls and other assembly buildings on a plot area of 500 sq.mts and above or a height of six metres are also required to obtain fire safety clearances.

Other issues where clarifications had come were that a basement or cellar is not permissible below the tot lot area, for any site affected in road widening the owner is either entitled to an extra floor, setback concessions or transfer of development rights. Present rules are applicable for sites handed over after 09/04/2012.

And, that the 10 per cent mortgage rule is exempted for individual residential buildings only for plots upto 200 sq.mts and height of seven metres for municipal corporations and 300 sq.mts for other municipalities.