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Skyscrapers are set to change Jaipur skyline


Skyscrapers are set to change Jaipur skyline

Last updated: August 1 2007
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  • Skyscrapers are set to change Jaipur skyline

    Skyscrapers are all set to change the skyline of Jaipur. The state government has revoked the ban which restricts the height of a building to 30 metres. As per the new format, the height of the buildings can be 1.5 times the width of the road in front of the building.

    Rajasthan minister for urban development, Pratap Singh Singhavi, told that the new growth format will cater to the needs of the growing population. So far, Jaipur has seen a lot of horizontal growth. Now, it’s time to fly. As there is paucity of open land in city limits the government has decided to allow builders to raise the height of the buildings without altering the basic town planning. The ban will, however, prevail in few areas of the city which is of heritage and strategic importance.

    Under the new format, builders can construct a 15-storey building on a 100-feet connecting road and build a 22-storey building on a 120 feet road, 28 storeys on 160 feet and 40-storey building on 200-feet road.

    Over a dozen skyscrapers are in the planning stage in the city. Multi-storied buildings cannot be constructed on land measuring less than 1,000 sq. feet. All commercial parking lots should be surrendered to the Jaipur Development Authority and the Jaipur Municipal Corporation for maintenance. Moreover, Three-storey underground parking would be permissible in buildings constructed on land measuring more than 2,000 sq. yards.

    The decision of the state government has evoked mixed responses from real estate players. Skyscrapers are the best way of utilising the land. They are very much feasible in Jaipur. For middle-class people, houses have gone out of reach as a new apartment costs anywhere near Rs 20 lakh. Skyscrapers will solve this problem.

    On the other hand, president of the Rajasthan Voters Board Prakash Shukla terms it as sheer violation of the national building code. He said, "The porous soil of Jaipur cannot sustain the weight exerted by multi-storied buildings. It will pose a persistent threat to the residents. The state government, rather than looking at vertical growth, should aim at the development of satellite towns and providing basic amenities to the people."

    Source: ET- 01/08/07
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