GDA orders fire safety audit of commercial, residential high-rises
The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has ordered fire safety audit of all multistoried commercial and residential buildings in the city. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by the Meerut Divisional Commissioner and Chairman of GDA Dr Prabhat Kumar.
Dr Kumar chaired a meeting of GDA Board to clear several proposals, projects and also issue recovery notices to defaulters. Dr Kumar said, "In view of major fire incidents in recent times, the GDA Board has decided to audit all buildings on fire parameters. "I am not talking about fire NOC, I am stressing fire audit. NOC is very simple to be obtained". While over 100 people could perish in the fire in a city like London, what will happen if fire beaks out in Ghaziabad", he said.
In addition to fire audit, the GDA board has decided to lower the rate of interest on installments of residential building whose outstanding amount is pending towards allottees.
"The GDA will issue a final notice to the builders of Hitech and integrated townships to recover Rs 34.27 crore amount that is due. The GDA has recommended for the approval of the layout of such townships on the basis of existing land. No further acquisition would be made for them. But they are free to buy from farmers on their terms and conditions, he GDA Chairman said.
The board has further approved to acquire 281 Acre land in Madhuban Bapudham for which it will require Rs 1232 crore. The GDA would seek loan of Rs 300 crore while rest of the amount would be arranged in phases.
The board has further approved mixed land use on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) route, where small plot owners would be accommodated by reducing plot size conditions from 2,000 square metre to below of it.
The GDA board has turned down the request of Habitat centre situated in Indirapuram of one time settlement (OTS) since it has availed the facility in 2013. The Habitat Center owes Rs 110 crore to GDA.
The GDA also decided to issue a reminder to avail its share of Rs 20 crore in UIDSMT. The GDA board has ordered to constitute a committee to review the state order to adopt the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) charges from 1.5 to 2.5, the Chairman added.
GDA Vice Chairperson Kanchan Verma, Ghaziabad district magistrate Ministhy D Nair, Municipal Commissioner CP Singh and other senior officers from Lucknow attended the board meeting on Monday.
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