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NMC awaits state nod for correction in building approval norms

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NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has urged the state government to make corrections in the building approval norms pertaining to providing a ‘refuge area’ instead of a ‘refuge floor’, as mentioned in the government resolution (GR) by mistake, in buildings with height above 24m. The state government’s approval is awaited on the issue.

As per the fire norms, it is mandatory to provide a ‘refuge area’ of 15 sq m or an equivalent to 0.3 sq m per person (whichever is higher) in buildings with height above 24m as part of safety measures so that people can take shelter in the area in case of fire. Earlier, since the permissible height for buildings in the NMC limits was only up to 24m, that is, up to seven floors, there was no need to provide the refuge area

With the state government giving permission to build buildings up to the height of 40m in September 2010, buildings could accommodate up to 12 floors along with stilt parking. A GR for the NMC was issued in this connection on September 21, 2009, giving approval to buildings of height up to 40m. In the GR, the government stated that buildings with height above 24m will have to provide a ‘refuge floor’ on the eighth floor or somewhere in between the height of 24m and 27m. However, the wrong term, ‘refuge floor’, was used instead of ‘refuge area’ in the GR. This mistake has caused heavy losses for the builders and developers. Instead of providing 15 sq m of refuge area, the builders have to provide an entire floor of the building. The architects and builders have taken objection to this and have sought the civic administration for the correction in the notification.

The NMC has said that it has sent the proposal to the state government and is awaiting its approval.

President of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Nashik Centre Nilesh Chavan said, “As per the fire norms, a building with the height of 24m has to provide a ‘refuge area’ of 15 sq m for people to take shelter there during a fire.

In the GR for the NMC, the government has made a printing mistake of using the wrong word ‘refuge floor’ instead of ‘refuge area.’ As a result, builders have to provide an entire floor of the building, causing losses to builders and leading to hike in construction cost. There is a need to make correction in the GR and the NMC needs to give momentum in pursuing the issue.”

“We have already sent the proposal to the state government to make correction in the GR. At present, we are approving building plans as per ‘refuge floor’. We will be able to pass building plans as per refuge area only when we get an approval from the state,” an from the town planning department of the NMC official said.

President of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI), Nashik Kiran Chavan said, “Buildings above 24-m height have to provide refuge area of 15 sq m in the buildings as part of fire safety measures and this is applicable across all municipal corporations in the state except for the NMC.

The printing mistake in the GR is causing huge losses to the builders as they have to leave an entire floor in the building as the refuge area. Most of the buildings coming up in the city are now up to 40-m high.” Chavan said that half of the new projects coming up in the city are up to 40-m high, but refused to divulge the exact number of such projects.

Nashik has 12 to 15 buildings of height above 24m.

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