Govt to ease on green norms to make housing affordable

By Accommodation Times Bureau


In its effort to make ‘housing for all by 2022‘ a reality, the Centre has proposed to ease green norms for the building and construction sector where projects up to 50,000 sq metres will not require prior ‘environmental clearance‘.

The environment ministry had last week issued a draft notification in this regard, increasing the threshold of built-up area for getting this relief from 20,000 sq metres to 50,000 sq metres. Such projects will, however, have to fulfil “environmental conditions” through self-declaration and certification while seeking building\construction permission from local authorities.

Though the ministry argued that the proposed move would streamline the permissions for building and construction sector to fulfil its objective to make available “affordable housing to weaker sections in urban areas”, environmentalists said it would give a free pass to builders who could easily misuse the norms for constructing shopping malls and multiplexes.

Though the ministry appealed against this order in the Supreme Court, it has now come out with a fresh proposal increasing the project threshold from 20,000 sq metres to 50,000 sq metres even as the matter is pending before the apex court.

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