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The department of town and country planning (DTCP) Gurugram has directed its planning wing officials not to issue occupation certificates (OCs) to residential properties where the owners have built a four-story building plan.
According to DTCP officials, many residential plot owners have built four-story buildings despite only receiving approval for two floors. They made the stilt plus four floors in the hopes that the building plan would be revised later, but with the state government’s recent restrictions on four floors, additional construction is now illegal.
According to sources, many property owners are approaching officials to regularise the additional construction by depositing a fee and having the revised plan approved in accordance with previous norms. These property owners are concerned about the future of their building, as some have accepted token sums from buyers.
According to a city-based developer, plot owners typically seek approval for stilt plus two floors so that they are not required to pay the entire external development charges (EDC) and floor area ratio fees at the outset.
After a year, they build four floors and pay the remaining fees to obtain OC. They will also have more time to arrange for payment.
“Property owners who got approval for two floors will not get permission for four floors,” said Rajesh Kaushik, district town planner (planning).
Even if the owner obtains an OC, it will be rejected by DTCP. Architects have also been instructed not to issue OCs for buildings with four floors without approval.