Environment norms for housing projects to be eased

Environment norms for housing projects to be eased

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The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is planning to ease environmental clearance rules for the building sector. According to the proposed new rules, construction of buildings with up to 50,000-sq.m of built-up area can now commence construction soon after getting permission from the local body which will include environmental conditions to be followed. Earlier, the limit was 20,000-sq.m of built-up area, for which builders were exempted from seeking environmental clearance.

The government has set itself an ambitious program of providing Housing for All by 2022 and it wants to clear major hurdles in achieving this goal. It is believed that easing environmental clearance norms for housing projects can speed up implementation  of housing projects. The proposed rule has been drafted keeping in mind this objective and the same will be put up in the public domain to invite comments and suggestions from the public and interested parties.

The draft rules provide for submission of a self-declaration form to the local authority on compliance with environmental conditions for construction projects of between  5,000-sq.m and 50,000-sq.m by the project proponent. The local body after receiving such an application along with self-declaration may issue the building permission incorporating the environmental conditions and allow the project to commence based on the conditions.