BENGALURU: Karnataka government has discarded mandatory sanction for commercial development plans for plots measuring up to 20,000 sqm (nearly 5 acres). The government has also exempted select common areas from floor area ratio (FAR) rules. This is in residential and commercial high-rises as well. 

FAR refers to the ratio of built-up area to the area of the building’s plot.

The previous limit was 12,000 sqm (nearly 3 ares), which was sanctioned by the Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA). The layout is checked by the BDA to see, among other things, if specific areas have been earmarked for amenities. It involves 16 approvals within the BDA and the recent rule will spare developers the trouble of liaising with multiple levels of bureaucracy.

However, all such projects will still require Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP’s) building plan approval.

When asked about it, Manjunath Prasad, BBMP commissioner said, “Some decisions have been made at the government level. This decision has been made mainly by the country and town planning department. Even I read about it. Once it reaches the BBMP, I will look into it and take the necessary action.”

Anuj Puri, chairman of property consultancy Anarock reportedly said that it comes as a good news for smaller commercial developers. They had to get several permissions for small projects earlier. He also went ahead to say that Bengaluru being a commercial hub attracts all types of occupiers and that the resultant spaces can cater to any of the thriving start-ups in the city.

Among other alterations, new residential and commercial properties in the city are allowed to accommodate a watchman’s cubicle in not more than 4 sqm area within the setback area at the entry and exit points. The properties are also allowed to accommodate fire control room (maximum 4x4 metres).