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Cabinet clears common building rules

Simplified application forms for planning permission, standardisation of development rules and elimination of the scope for discretion on the part of planning authorities are among the salient features of the Combined Development Regulation and Building Rules, cleared by the State Cabinet at a meeting on Friday.

At the meeting that lasted over three hours, the Cabinet also gave its nod to provisional allocations for various departments and the process of preparation of the Budget speech. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami chaired the meeting, which was attended by Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam and others.

In July, the government put a draft of the Rules in the public domain and invited comments and objections. After incorporating suggestions and views of stakeholders, a revised draft was sent to the Cabinet.

Now, the State Law Department is carrying out a scrutiny of the Rules. Once this is over, the Housing and Urban Development Department will issue an order in a week or so, notifying them.

Multiple agencies

Hitherto, depending upon the nature, size and location of buildings to be constructed, promoters or land owners had to approach different agencies such as the local bodies, the Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) or the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), each with its own rules. This had caused hardship to applicants. This was why the authorities had to frame common rules.

The Rules will also enable a joint inspection of proposed building sites by the agencies concerned in the case of multi-storied buildings. There are many more features associated with them but what is more important is that regardless of the nature of local body (municipal corporations, municipalities, town and village panchayats), the same set of rules will operate all over the State.