No OCs to four-floor buildings without plan nod: DTCP

March 4, 2023
No OCs to four-floor buildings without plan nod: DTCP

GURUGRAM: The department of town and country planning (DTCP) has issued directions to officials of its planning wing not to issue occupation certificates (OCs) to residential properties where owners have constructed four-storey buildings without prior approval of the building plan.

According to DTCP officials, many residential plot owners have constructed four-storey buildings whereas they got approval for only two floors. They constructed stilt plus four floors hoping that they would get the building plan revised later, but with the recent restrictions on four floors announced by the state government, additional construction is now illegal.

Sources claimed that many property owners are approaching officials to regularise the additional construction by depositing a fee and getting the revised plan approved as per previous norms. Such property owners are in a fix about the future of their building, as some of them have accepted token amounts from buyers.

A city-based developer said in general practice, plot owners take approval for stilt plus two floors so that they aren’t required to pay the entire external development charges (EDC) and floor area ratio fees initially.

After one year, they construct four floors and pay the remaining fees to procure OC. This way, they also get time to arrange money for payment.

Rajesh Kaushik, district town planner (planning), said, “Property owners who got approval for two floors won’t get permission for four floors. Even if the owner manages to get an OC, it will not be accepted by DTCP. Architects have also been directed not to issue OCs for the buildings where four floors have been constructed without approval.”

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