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Coimbatore, Nov. 15

REAL estate promoters in Tamil Nadu want the Government to formulate common Development Control Rules for the entire State, other than Chennai city, to give a fillip to the real estate sector that is witnessing a sustained boom for more than a year.

It also wants the Government to revise upwards the Floor Space Index (FSI) norms to enable real estate promoters to construct more units on a plot of land.

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday at the conclusion of the State-level meet of Federation of Tamilnadu Flat and House Promoters Associations, Mr P. Manishankar, State President and Mr V. Mohan, Vice-President of the association, said the industry found it difficult to comply with differing rules being adopted by different civic bodies in the State with regard to construction. The formulation of a common rules would facilitate easier compliance.

They said the plethora of procedural formalities involved in getting the building plan approved and the number of institutions involved in the plan sanctioning process such as the local bodies, the Local Planning Authority (LPA) of the areas concerned and the Directorate of Town and Country Planning, prolonged the process and at times it took 9 months to 1 year for plan approval, This led to cost escalation. They wanted the entire approval process should be completed within a fortnight by streamlining it.

Mr.Manishankar said several levies like the vacant land tax and the charges for removal of debris etc should be scrapped. Since the industries such as IT wanted expeditious construction of buildings, the government should delegate powers to the District Collector to grant permission for such buildings.

Mr Mohan said Coimbatore was on the threshold of becoming the next IT hub in Tamil Nadu after Chennai. But the time taken for getting building plans sanctioned was almost equal to the time taken for construction of the entire project and this acted as a deterrent. While a proposal for construction of a 10- storey building in Bangalore was cleared in 15 days, in Tamil Nadu it sometimes took even 2 years to get the approval. He wanted a single window system for building plan clearance.

The association said the present FSI restriction of 1.5 in Tamil Nadu was one of the lowest in the region and pointed out that in Bangalore an FSI of even 3 was permitted. They wanted the FSI to be raised to at least 2.0 in Tamil Nadu so that the actual built up area compared to the land area could be much larger than what was permitted at present.

Mr G. Mohan, Secretary of the association, wanted the construction sector to be accorded industry status. Next to agriculture, it was the construction sector that provided the highest employment. The industry had brought to the notice of the government the travails it was facing, but so far no remedial action has been taken.

Mr Mohan Sankar, Chairman of the organising committee, said it was not only the IT sector but others like health care and education sectors were also contributing to the boom being witnessed by the industry and he was confident of this being sustained.

The Coimbatore District Collector, Mr S. Kosalaraman, who earlier inaugurated the meet, said the IT sector would soon have an impact on the economy of Coimbatore. Referring to the growth being witnessed by Coimbatore and Tirupur, he said a `holistic approach' for the combined development of the two cities was a necessity. He agreed to convene a meeting of officials and federation representatives to sort out the pending issues.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated November 16, 2005)
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