“We have been receiving requests from many residents for permission to construct more rooms on the top of their houses. We have already spoken with the urban development minister on this matter and will make a fresh appeal,” said BMC board of administrators chairperson Krishna Chakraborty on Sunday.
Civic officials said that a fresh proposal on allowing an additional floor in residential houses across Salt Lake will need to be drafted. As per the present floor area ratio (FAR), the plots measuring below four cottahs in the township allow only two-storey buildings to be constructed while a maximum of G+3 building can be set up on the plots measuring above four cottahs, along with the provision to have only one additional room and one extra toilet only, said a BMC building department official.
Officials said that a proposal had been made earlier for allowing the construction of additional floors but it was not approved for different reasons.
“It was way back in 2010 that a draft proposal had been made by the civic body and the state urban development department had even allowed an extra floor in Salt Lake houses. Later, Bidhannagar Municipality had turned down the matter, stating that it would severely put pressure on the township’s sewerage and drainage system. The drainage and sewerage network has now been upgraded to withstand the pressure of extra floors,” said a BMC official.
Previously, the Bidhannagar Municipality had allowed the residents to construct an additional room and an attached bathroom.
“In 2007, it was incorporated in the building rules of the civic body to allow a watchman’s room and a toilet in the houses on the parking floor and allow the same at the roof in those houses, which did not have any parking floor,” said a BMC official. Bidhannagar Municipality became a municipal corporation in 2015.