Affordable Housing
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In order to give more thrust to the Government’s “Housing for all scheme by 2022”, centre has planned to ease green norms for the building and construction sector under which projects up to 50,000 sq metres will not require prior ‘environmental clearance’.

Last week, the environment ministry had issued a draft notification in which it was said to increase the threshold of built up area for getting this relief from 20,000 sq metres to 50,000 sq metres. However, such projects will have to fulfill “environmental conditions” through self-declaration and certification while seeking building\construction permission from local authorities.

As per the environment ministry this will help building and construction sector in a way to make more and more affordable housing for weaker sections in urban areas without any delay.

Under the proposal, which the environment ministry has made, builders and developers have to integrate ‘environmental conditions’ which are building bye laws to be followed in all the states and Union Territories (UTs). As part of fulfilling those conditions, the projects will have to use water efficient appliances, rainwater harvesting, waste management system, energy efficient systems, renewable power, maintain air quality and noise standards.

Apart from that, they will also have to maintain green cover within stipulated area. According to ministry, local authorities must have to keep a check that the projects follow these conditions.