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April 16, 2023

Gurugram: DTCP warns builders of strict action over construction of offices at building sites


The Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) in Gurugram, India, has issued a stern warning to builders regarding the construction of offices at building sites. The DTCP has expressed concern over the increasing trend of builders utilizing approved spaces for commercial purposes, which goes against the approved plans and disrupts planned infrastructure development. 

According to the department, site offices are functioning against the rules, which are costing the company money. On Sunday, the district town planner's office (planning) issued recommendations to about 50 developers for not getting consent before establishing site offices.

"The DTCP finalised the terms and circumstances for requesting for a change in land use in order to set up temporary site offices close to projects that are still under construction in July 2022. Nonetheless, the majority of the city's developers set up site offices without permission and in breach of the rules, costing the state exchequer money "a senior DTCP representative remarked.

This is against the 2017 Haryana Building Code. A number of projects are being built by developers in the categories of commercial projects, group housing societies, affordable housing societies, DDJAY, planned licenced colonies, and other projects, and they have established site offices.

The Town and Country Planning Department's administrative centre has published rules defining the requirements for temporary site offices during project construction. The local DTP representatives should see to it that builders obtain permission to erect these offices.

The local DTP office is where developers can apply for approval and submit project-related documentation, according to officials. The report will be referred to higher authorities for final clearance after departmental review of the papers.

The authorization for the site office will be good for five years, with an option for an additional five years.

After receiving approval, the office must be built within two years, at which point an occupation certificate will be given. The office can only be utilised after obtaining OC, and it must be taken down once the project is finished.

DTP (planning) Rajesh Kaushik stated that a team has been formed that will visit the project sites and take appropriate action against the corporation if site offices are discovered to be operating without license.


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