The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is overhauling its building by-laws, including provisions with regard to safety of construction and labour. BBMP building by-laws were last revised more than 15 years ago. Revision of building laws has become necessary as some of the provisions of the old book are no longer relevant. Further, the Corporation has been issuing circulars to amend/clarify some of the provisions of the old bye-laws which will be incorporated in the new version of the bye-laws. Also, all efforts will be made to ensure that the new bye-laws are devoid of any ambiguity.
It may be recalled here that in 2017, the State government had come out with model building by-laws to become the basis for building by-laws to be notified by all urban local bodies in the state. BBMP has already sought inputs from all departments within the civic body, including solid waste management, storm water drains, lakes etc. Once inputs from all departments come in, the draft would be tabled before the Standing Committee for Town Planning. Once the Committee approves it, the same will be placed before the BBMP council, following which the government will have to give the go ahead. Since the dates of General Elections have already been announced, the draft would now be placed before the Committee only after the model code of conduct ends.
The proposed bye-laws will give more emphasis on safety of construction. The new bye-laws will require the builders to submit reports of structural engineers, test of materials used during construction and other tests to certify the stability parameters to the BBMP. These tests have to be conducted only by companies or agencies certified by the National Accreditation Board for Laboratories.