According to the model bylaws jointly framed by the urban housing and development (UDH) department and the directorate of local bodies (DLB) of Rajasthan government, now constructions on hills in private land in urban areas will be allowed. This move by the state government is expected to give big boost to the hospitality industry as the construction of resorts, hotels, farmhouses and houses on hills will be henceforth allowed. It is reported that in districts like Udaipur, Dungarpur and Banswara there are many hills on land owned by private parties which can be now commercially exploited.
The local bodies will also permit construction on private lands, which are marked as plantation area and hill conservation area in respective masterplans.
However, the bylaws contain some stringent measures to protect environment. According to these laws, construction will be allowed in only 20% of the total land area and the owners will have to develop a green belt in 50% of the land. It has also been made mandatory for owners to plant 150 trees in one hectare.
Strict rules have been set for approach road to the buildings also. According to the bylaws, to construct G+1 buildings, there should be an approach road that’s three to six metres wide. For G+2 buildings, the road should have a width of six to nine metres. Constructions of up to 15m height (G+3) will only be allowed on land that has an approach road of above nine metres. Further, no permission will be given to construct basements.