Jaipur’s rapid population expansion and high demand for urban housing have compelled the city’s officials to allow multistory flats in residential zones. Residents, meanwhile, have been upset by an amateurish stance and a lack of necessary infrastructure.
Jaipur’s New Building Regulations
The Urban Development and Housing Department has issued new guidelines for the construction of high-rise buildings in Jaipur. The following are the significant modifications proposed:
- High-rise buildings can now be built up to 18 metres tall (5 storeys). Previously, the maximum height for a high-rise structure was limited to 15 metres.
- On sites of 90 metres or larger, the construction of ‘ground plus two’ stories is permitted.
- In an effort to streamline the construction clearance process, approved architects have been given the authority to approve building proposals up to 2,500 square metres in size.
- There will be no need for detailed map clearance for spaces up to 500 square metres.
Because of limited land resources and increased urban population density, municipal authorities have been forced to lower building height standards. Unfortunately, the adjustments have not been warmly received by some Jaipur locals.
Concerns About Infrastructure
Some people claim that laws have been relaxed to enable development on a 500 sq m plot without any strategy for improving infrastructure and municipal facilities in the regions. As greater height relaxations allow for more building, colonies such as Vaishali Nagar, Bapu Nagar, Shyam Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Banipark, C-Scheme, and Pratap Nagar would benefit from the availability of larger plots.
The infrastructure in these places is inadequate, and the growing population is already putting a strain on services like roads, water, and power. Residents are concerned that the development of a five-story structure in residential areas would obstruct sunshine and ventilation.
A Well-Balanced Approach
Jaipur is expected to be one of the country’s most populous cities by 2025, with a population of 2.25 million, and its closeness to Delhi is expected to be a key factor in this increase. Housing an expanding population necessitates changes to current conventions.
Nonetheless, worries are not without merit. The unanticipated and unconsultated relaxations will disrupt the city’s established ecosystem and the resource-sharing mechanism in place.
Although growing urbanisation is an urgent necessity, it necessitates constant rule changes. A controlled approach to multistory structures is required. The way forward is to ensure appropriate infrastructure such as roads, water, and sewage, as well as a calibrated and planned development process.
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