A corporation official said the local bodies were empowered to grant planning permission to the residential buildings up to a height of 12 metres and a built-up area of 10,000sqft with a maximum of eight dwelling units spread over stilt plus three floors or ground plus two floors. Buildings with bigger size need to get approval from the local planning authority.
However, for the past three years, the civic body has been collecting security deposits from the people who had already obtained permission from the local planning authority. In effect, the residents had to pay deposits with both the agencies. Deposit amounts would usually be returned to the applicants after successfully obtaining a building completion certificate. But the amount would be forfeited, if the building violates the norms.
The civic body collects Rs 75 per sqft for residential buildings and Rs 150 per sqft for commercial buildings as the deposit amount.
This practise was set right after office-bearers of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India (Credai) took up the issue with corporation commissioner Raja Gopal Sunkara. The decision not to collect security deposit from the residents for the buildings approved by the local planning authority was taken at a council meeting that was held on July 30, the official said. However, the resolutions of the meeting were uploaded on the website only on Tuesday.
Gugan Ilango, president, district chapter of Credai, said only the city corporation here was collecting security deposit from the residents who had already obtained building approval from the local planning authority. “Hence, we took up the issue with top officials. The decision not to collect the deposit amount by both the agencies will surely bring relief to the residents planning to construct houses.”
The process to get back the security deposit from the local body, he said, was often tedious. “It was a long pending problem. We had talked to various elected representatives and corporation commissioners. Our grievance was considered in the right spirit and an appropriate decision has been taken.”