Hyderabad: A few major changes are in the offing for building bylaws in the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB), where confusion and antagonism over the board’s stand on these matters have been recurrent.
The SCB, following instructions from the Director General, Defence Estates, to revise building bylaws, has completed procedures for the same, with the revised bylaws to be placed before the next meeting of the board.
Layout bylaws too have been revised, with a few relaxations and exemptions incorporated. A final picture of the revised bylaws will be available once the board goes through and accepts the revisions.
According to Sujatha Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, SCB, the revision, though a positive move for Cantonment residents, would not mean any leniency for violators.
No sparing of violations
“Violations will still be dealt with sternly, while genuine cases of minor violations will be considered in a positive light,” she said.
“There is a lot of confusion over building and layout bylaws here. We are trying to bring some clarity. It will be for the benefit of the public,” she said, adding that exemptions such as parking space in basements, etc., from the built-up area, would be part of the revised bylaws.
A fresh regularization proposal for unauthorized layouts, with a few changes from the existing manner of regularization, too is likely. Plot holders could be given a chance to apply for regularization, but after paying betterment charges for the layout. The final shape of this move is yet to emerge.
The revision of building bylaws was in the wake of guidelines issued by the Ministry of Defence, relaxing limits on space usage in Cantonments in the country. Once bylaws were framed/revised by all Cantonments, the possibility of building regularization and penalization schemes in Cantonments, on the lines of municipal bodies, too would be possible, officials said.
At present, SCB insists on a floor space index of 1.5, as per which space on which construction is done cannot exceed one and a half times the total land area. Buildings in the Cantonment area, therefore, rarely go above four floors.