It’s raining permissions in Gujarat and that’s not a surprise, considering the elections are round the corner. The state government has brought in major changes in the Gujarat Development Control Regulations (GDCR), thereby paving the way for towers up to 30-storeys to come up in rural areas, and also green-lighting redevelopment of schools and hospitals.
A look at the revised GDCR reveals that builders in major cities such as Ahmedabad and Surat will benefit the most. For instance, the FSI for Surat has now been raised to 4.4. And in a significant move, the height of the buildings will not be calculated from the holo plinth. This will enable developers to legally raise the structures equivalent to the parking area.
The state government has formed a committee to effect the revised GDCR rules, including taking a call on the redevelopment of buildings aged 25 and beyond. The committee will be headed by the municipal commissioners in urban areas and will include deputy municipal commissioner, town development officer, CT engineer and the chief fire officer. For areas under AUDA, SUDA, WOADA, RUDA and GUDA, the committee will be constituted under the chairmanship of the head of the concerned urban development authority.
The state government has now allowed FSI on the payment of jantri rate (also known as circle rate) at 40% of the price of the open plot. Apart from Surat, FSI has been increased to 4 at Kamrej and Palsana towns.
The FSI of 1 allotted to the Transport and Communication Zones has been increased to 1.5. What this means is, the margin increase in the basement of the building has been extended to the roadline. Previously, builders were mandated to leave space for storage facilities in the basement. Now, electric meter rooms have been included under the new rule, which means parking space will increase, and thereby builders’ profits.
Structures will no longer be allowed on roads shorter than nine-mt in case of redevelopment. The tweaking of redevelopment rules will also enable major developers to dispose of their unsold units as redevelopment of small projects will be difficult.
SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS
Redevelopment has been green-lighted for schools and hospitals whose structures are aged 25 and beyond. The revised rules also allow commercial ancillary shops to come up. In the case of a redeveloped hospital, the commercial space can be used for setting up pathology labs and medical stores, etc. In case of a school being redeveloped, the space can be used to accommodate school stationery and uniform shops.