Though the Maharashtra Government had launched the Unified Development Control and Promotion Regulations (UDCPR) on December 4, 2020, across the State which is expected to boost real estate business and bring uniformity across the state.
The development in Nagpur Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (NMRDA) area has come to halt with the difficulty in getting Fire NOC as prescribed in UDCPR. As per the UDCPR, in the case of building identified in Regulation No. 2.2(93)(xiv), the building scheme shall have to be cleared by the Fire Officer of the Authority or in absence of such Officer by the Directorate of Maharashtra Fire Services or an Officer authorized by him.
“Since NMRDA does not its separate Fire Fighting Department, the NOC will have to be obtained from the Directorate of Maharashtra Fire Services, which will be very time taking and cumbersome,” CREDAI Nagpur Metro said.
Earlier, the Fire Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation was issuing Fire NOC for all the building plans which come under NMC / NIT / NMRDA area. As the area of MMRDA is out of the jurisdiction of NMC, NMC cannot provide services like fire NOC, and other civil services. MMRDA must also provide services apart from sanctioning plans.
NMRDA area is the most prominent growing area which includes Besa, Beltarodi, Mahalgao Kapse, etc, where most of the affordable housing projects are to be launched. Due to the hurdle of Fire NOC, projects are not being sanctioned and hence are getting delayed. This is also affecting the common people as the launch of new affordable projects has come to a halt.
CREDAI Nagpur Metro, an association of builders and developers is knocking on every possible door and discussing this with the concerned authorities to get relief from this provision in UDCPR. The Director Maharashtra Fire Service must appoint a competent officer for Fire NOC and other relevant services.
“Many practical day-to-day problems cannot be referred to Mumbai. Which will be not available for general people,” expert opinioned. The issue is not limited to building sanctions but also about people safety, who are residing in the NMRDA area. In case of any mishap and in case of emergency and considering that the NMRDA does not have it’s own fire fighting department, and other civil service departments too.