Building bye-laws bar house above 7 storeys

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 6th Oct: MAHUD minister Th Shyamkumar has announced that the state government has given approval for construction of building having seven storeys against the existing three storeys by amending the Imphal Municipal Council (IMC) Building Bye-laws.
As per the amended IMC Bye-laws (First amendment), 2019, anyone can construct building with maximum of seven storeys. The step is being taken up as per a decision taken by the state government to protect ever decreasing agricultural land due to construction of houses and structures thereby decreasing agricultural products, Shyamkumar told media persons during a press conference Sunday.
According to the minister, the state government has been asking both MAHUD department and Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) to amend building bye-laws since the past few years. Though construction of tall buildings in Manipur and other North East states are restricted as the region falls under seismic zone, the building bye-laws was amended after experts and architects reasoned out that maximum of seven storeys building can be constructed in the state. Buildings with 30/40 storeys are constructed in other states of the country and even taller buildings in other countries, he added.
The MAHUD minister appealed to land owners to protect agricultural lands and construct buildings at residential lands after consulting architects and getting necessary approval as per the new building bye-laws.
One person died and another injured when some portions of a building collapsed along BT road in Imphal few months back and a similar incident occurred few days back at Konung Mamang which left two persons injured. As the collapsed buildings did not get necessary building bye-laws approval, owners were booked by registering FIRs, he said and appealed to public to follow rules being framed for their own safety. People want government salary and benefits of welfare schemes taken up by government but they do not want to follow rules framed by government for their own safety, he said, while adding that only around 90 out of 100 people follow rules framed for their own safety.
Asking owners of buildings in Imphal area to procure approval as per new building bye-laws by October 15, the MAHUD minister warned of taking action against defaulters.


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