Punjab notifies affordable colony policy; focus off MC limits

June 04, 2020 05:19 PM

The  Punjab, government has notified the, Affordable Colony Policy, 2020’ to facilitate affordable housing for people of lower and middle income groups in the state.

The policy is mainly applicable outside the municipal limits but it also covers projects within the municipal limits that have been approved by the housing and urban development department.

The affordable housing colony will be permissible in the residential and mix land use zones of master plans. Where no master plan is in operation, the affordable colony will be permitted as per the existing trend of the development in the surrounding area.

As per the policy notified in the last week of May, the minimum contiguous area required for the plotted or mixed affordable colony is 5 acres. Whereas, a minimum of 2 acres of area is required for the flatted or group housing affordable colony.

But these two criteria will not apply under the Mohali master plan and the New Chandigarh master plan. The minimum existing right of way to the colony should be 40 feet and 25 feet within the colony.

The policy says that the maximum permissible saleable area for the plotted colony should be 65% for the plotted colony but the master plan sector road and city level green spaces will not be counted towards the area of the project site. Similarly, the minimum green area required in the plotted colony is 6% of the project but it should not be less than half an acre.

The maximum saleable commercial area is 5% of the total area, excluding parking, and the minimum 5% of the area has to be kept for the economically weaker sections (EWS) in the plotted colony.

For residential plots (Affordable & EWS), the maximum permissible residential plot size for the affordable plots category is 150 square yard (125.42 square metre).

The maximum permissible height of the building has been capped at 11 metres and a maximum of three floors, including ground floor, are allowed. The basement would be allowed as per existing rules. Similarly, maximum of 70% of the ground coverage of plots has been allowed.

Under affordable independent floors, 150 square yard is the permissible independent floor plot size and maximum 70% area of the plot can be covered. For this project also, the maximum permissible floor area ratio on plots would remain 1:2:1 and the maximum height of the building should not cross 11 metres. A maximum number of stilt plus three floors is allowed in this project and the stilt parking height should not exceed 2.7 metres.

In flatted colony (Group Housing), the state government has allowed the maximum permissible ground coverage of 35% of the total site area in the flatted colony or group housing project.

The maximum permitted floor area ratio would be 1:3 of the site area. In this project, there is no restriction on the maximum permissible height of the building subject to fulfillment of building rules and clearance from the Airport Authority of India, if required. The policymandates minimum 10% of the residential flats in this project for the EWS.

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