CHENNAI: Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority 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 put forth by Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India (CREDAI).
The proposal was cleared during the recent authority meeting. “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,” the sources said. Currently, only hospital buildings have the permission for a maximum height of 17 metres.
“The amendments to development regulations will now be forwarded to 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, said the source.
Meanwhile, CREDAI’s national chairman for Best Practices T Chitty Babu has welcomed the move by CMDA. “Now home buyers could get more volume of storage space. The move is equally beficial to engineers and architectures,” he said.
“The car parking space would be larger besides there will be more display space with better elevation and space utilisation,” Babu said.
Interestingly, CMDA held discussions with the 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 and for the buildings of commercial use,” sources said.