HYDERABAD: The fire services department and builders are at loggerheads over giving provisional No Objection Certificate (NOC) to stepped type and pyramidal type of buildings.
Provisional NOC from fire services department is required for buildings for applying and approving buildings plans by the civic bodies. While fire services deartment argues that the partment argues that the mandatory open space for stepped type of buildings for above five floors is 11 metres, for a building proposed for a 15 floors building maintaining same all round open spaces from ground level, builders say nine metres open space (setback) is sufficient at the ground level up to five floors and one metre increased as the height increases above five floors.
Builders claim, some projects were earlier granted NOC but changed their mind later.
Though nearly 20 projects worth ` 3,000 crore struck in the controversy for the past few months, the municipal administration department is keeping mum on the whole controversy and made no attempt to clarify the issue. Now the builders on Friday wrote to chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao seeking his intervention in the issue.
The controversy started four months ago when some builders applied for NOCs for their ventures and the fire department and their applications were rejected by fire services department saying that the mandatory open spaces around the building should be same from ground.
For example: 11 metres setback (for a 60 metre height and 15 floors building) as per building rules and National Building Code.
“The New Building Rules and National Building Code clearly says mandatory open space requirement and the department has been following the building by laws for giving fire NOC,“ fire services department director general, Rajiv Ratan, said. But builders differed with the opinion of director general saying earlier some projects were given as per the nine metres setback and they were being treated separately.
Subsequently some builders approached High court seeking directions from the court for releasing provisional NOC to their stepped and pyramid type of buildings. The HC headed by a single judge directed the fire services department to issue provisional NOC immediately.
But the fire services department appealed to double bench headed by the acting chief justice, Ramesh Ranganathan, seeking suspension of the single judge order.
“Double bench has denied to suspend the earlier single bench order. That means, the fire services department has to issue provisional NOC to the builders who are all applied insisting only nine metres setback is required at ground level irrespective of height and floors of the building,“ Deepak Reddy, a builders, told TOI.
When contacted secretary of municipal administration department, Navin Mittal said that he had received both court order and some builders’ representation a couple of days ago and is being examined.
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