Odisha Govt Makes Building Plan Approval Mandatory In Rural Areas

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Bhubaneswar: Construction of multi-storeyed buildings, apartments and commercial buildings in rural areas in the state now requires approval from competent authorities.

Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department in consultation with the Housing and Urban Development Department have notified a detail procedure in this regard.

“The application for approval of building plans for built up areas exceeding 500 sqm. and / or G+2 buildings shall be received by the Panchayat Samiti and shall be forwarded to the concerned District Town Planning Unit for Technical Sanction. The District Town Planning Units will obtain concurrence of the Director, Town Planning, Odisha and accordingly communicate the Technical Sanction to the concerned Panchayat Samiti for issue of final approval to the applicants,” read the notification.

However, buildings on land up to 500 sq. meters and / or G+2 height and layout plan up to one acre shall be exempted from plan approval.

“In case of construction activities taken up without prior approval of the Development Authorities/ Regional Improvement Trusts/ Special Planning Authorities/ Town Planning Units/ Panchayat Samitis, within the jurisdiction of the Planning Authorities or in rural areas as the case may be, the buildings may be regularised by way of compounding as per the prevailing Planning and Building Standard Regulations,” added the notification.

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