UDH green building push in old colonies of Jaipur

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JAIPUR: Urban Development and Housing (UDH) department will issue permission to only ‘Green Buildings’ in the city’s old colonies such as Bapu Nagar, Tilak Nagar, C-Scheme, among others.

The provision has been incorporated in the draft on guidelines prepared for construction of multi-storey buildings in the state.

As the existing colonies are facing infrastructure pressure, the department has decided to provide permission to ‘green buildings’ which uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building.

While talking to TOI, chief town planner R K Vijayvargiya said, “For the construction of multi-storey buildings earlier, 1,000 square metre plot was required. According to the latest rules, the size of plots for the construction of multi-storey buildings has increased to 1500 square metres. The city colonies do not have such large plots. To construct a multi-storey building, a developer does reconstitution of plots. We have made a mandatory provision that green buildings should come upon all reconstituted plots.”

To provide more open space, maximum ground coverage will 30 per cent. It will be mandatory for the developers to earmark 20 per cent green cover area in the buildings. Similarly, internal vehicular (fire brigade) access within the site shall have a clear width of 4.5 metres.

With an expected population of 4.2 million by 2025, the state capital of Rajasthan is amongst populated cities of urban agglomerations in the country. Housing this large a population will require the construction of about 10 lakh more homes within the city. Since large empty tracts of land are not available within the city, the cost-effective method to overcome housing shortage is allowing controlled development in old colonies.

A town planner said, “The conventional old buildings in the middle of the colonies do not have the infrastructure to support built-up area. In the green buildings, the energy-saving could range from 20 to 30 per cent and water-saving around 30 to 50 per cent.”

source- Times of India