CMDA Allows Buildings to Grow Taller

The proposal to increase the height of special buildings and group development buildings was cleared during a meeting of the civic agency recently

Published: 30th May 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th May 2015 07:47 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI:Accepting a proposal put forth by the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI), the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) has relaxed the rules for special buildings by increasing the maximum permissible height from 15.25 metres to 17 metres.

The proposal to increase the height of special buildings and group development buildings was cleared during a meeting of the civic agency recently. “The meeting decided that the habitable floors must have equal height and resolved to accept the recommendation of permitting maximum height of 17 metres for all special buildings and group developments,” sources said. Currently, only hospital buildings have the nod for a maximum height of 17 metres.

“The amendments to development regulations will now be forwarded to the State government for approval along with the views of monitoring committee,” sources said. The stilt plus four floor building (special building) could also ease the burden on many developers who had been struggling to get completion certificate as the building height would have risen by few centimetres, sources added.

CREDAI’s national chairman for Best Practices T Chitty Babu welcomed the move. “Now home buyers could get more volume of storage space. The move is beneficial to engineers and architects,” he said. “Car parking space would be larger besides there will be more display space with better elevation and space utilisation,” Babu added.

CMDA held talks with Directorate of Fire and Rescue Services and experts before arriving at a decision. “It was recommended that maximum height of 17 metres may be permitted for residential buildings (special buildings and group developments) with dwelling units size of 100 square metre or more,” sources said.

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