Nagpur civic body to reduce building plan for institutions
NAGPUR: The institutions working or planning to provide education and health services are set to get heavy reduction in premium charges to be paid while getting building plan sanctions or revising the existing building. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will reduce the premium charges with immediate effect.
Standing committee headed by Sudhir Raut decided this in the committees in the meeting held on Saturday. The NMC town planning department was actually supposed to reduce the premium charges 10 months ago but did not do so.
“There are provisions in the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act to reduce development and premium charges for institutions while sanctioning or revising the building plans. Accordingly, the general body passed a resolution on June 29, 2015, reducing the charges. Town planning department reduced only development charges. Now a proposal has been tabled before the standing committee seeking reduction in premium charges. We were shocked to see the proposal and asked reason behind non-implementation of earlier resolution. Officials from town planning department had no reply. I have directed the civic chief to call an explanation from assistant director of town planning on this. Directives have been given to reduce the charges immediately,” Raut said.
NMC sources told TOI, officials of town planning department requested the standing committee to withdraw the proposal fearing action. “Standing committee was upset with the town planning department’s negligence so directed action. Committee sent back proposal to the department with strictures and recommendation of action.”
Though serious action on officials is unlikely, the town planning department will have to submit an explanation to the standing committee before next meeting.
The beneficiaries are educational institutions imparting primary and secondary education, medical institutions, institutions promoting sports, amusement parks, arts and sciences, charitable institutions, penal institutions like jails, mental hospitals, house of correction, detention and reformatories and special cases closely associated with promotion of cultural and other activities.
The premium charges are those recovered for purchase of area of staircases, passages, lobby, lifts and walls along with relaxation in rear and side margins and height. It will result in huge savings for the institutions as they usually have large structures.
As per existing system, the institutions are supposed to pay 7.5% of total value of plot for plots less than 180 sq mtrs, 10% for plots measuring 180 to 500 sq mtrs and 15% for plot measuring 500 sq mtrs or more. The reduction percentage varies as per type of institution.
For primary educational institutions, charges would be reduced to 1.88% for plot less than 180 sq.mt, 2.5% for those 180 to 500 sq mtrs, and 3.75% for plots 500 sq mtrs or more. For secondary educational institutions, charges would be 3.75%, 5%, and 7.5% for respectively. Similarly, the premium for medical institutions, charitable institutions etc have been reduced compared with existing percentage but not as drastically as for educational institutions.