In a major relief to lakhs of residents in Delhi, the government has relaxed norms for construction of additional floors in residential flats having multiple ownership.
The aim is to weed out corruption and help people get their building plans sanctioned without any hassle.
As per a new directive, people having right over third floor will no longer require to obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the other floor owners for expansion of third floor.
Top officials in the Lt Governor's office said a "very clear-cut" instruction was given to all the municipal bodies last month not to insist on production of NOC for giving approval for construction of third floor". However, the occupants of the existing floors will have the option of expressing their views to the municipal bodies about expansion of the building.
The Lt Governor directed the municipal corporations to examine structural safety and compliance of building bye-laws while giving approval for construction of the third floor. "It was decided that permission for construction of an additional floor may be granted by respective municipalities keeping with provision of building bye-laws," the official note said.
It said the municipal corporation must look into aspects such as "structural safety, fire safety, non obstruction of passages and air and sunshine for neighbours and neighbouring buildings" before approving any building plans.
Officials said occupants of existing floors will have the option of expressing their views to construct a third floor in a flat but the municipal corporation will have to take decision on applications purely on merit.
While the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD)-2021 allowed construction of third floor in residential areas the Supreme Court in an order in 2007 had stayed the provision till it came out with its final order on MPD.