Once known for its green gardens and wide roads, Bengaluru is fast becoming a concrete jungle like any other Indian city, thanks to limited land availability and ever-increasing demand for residential and commercial space. According to the statistics made available by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), about 900 high-rise buildings are set to come up in the garden city in the near future. This is much more than the number that came up in the last four years.
Year 2006 marks the turning point in the city’s development when BBMP started issuing Transfer of Development Rights (TDR), granting permission for additional built-up area in return for plot portions taken up for public projects. Most of these TDRs issued to land owners found their way to builders, thus giving a fillip to vertical growth.
While between 2014 and 2017 BBMP granted 706 occupancy certificates to high-rises, since last year, as many as 819 high-rise plans were sanctioned and 89 commencement certificates (permission to start construction) issued for both residential and commercial buildings.
The National Building Code (NBC) defines a high-rise as “all buildings 15 m or above in height, that is, G + 4 floors”. The BBMP, BDA and the Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services (KSFES) also follow this rule.