The Gujarat government has announced big concessions to hospitality and health care industries and have allowed a floor space index that can go up to 4 against the 1.8 that exists now for hospital and hotel projects.
This means that new hotels and hospitals will be allowed to go up to height of 70 meters as against the 40 meters that is allowed now. In other words, the new buildings can go up to 22 floors, whereas previously on 12 floors were allowed.
The urban development minister announced this new policy, which stipulates that the buildings that have up to 4 FSI should be constructed next to a 30-metre wide road and should be on a plot that is at least 10,000 square meters in size.
In Gujarat, hospitals and hotels could be constructed only in commercial and residential areas. This new policy enables the builders to go into other areas, with access to wider roads. The policy has come in response to a continued demand from these industries, and is now being supported by the government in their attempt to decongest overcrowded urban areas.
The new policy has also announced that in hospitals and hotels, public areas like basement parking space, refuge area, ramps leading to parking spaces, fire escape, sewage treatment plant, air handling room etc, a per cent of space of the building area will have to be allocated for parking. As of now a standard 30% is the requirement. The policy also allows that hotels can have their swimming pools on any floor, and the new rule an similarly be applied for utilities like laundry, housekeeping, rest rooms etc.
The policy was announced in an official note and stipulates that every hotel must necessarily have a 30 square meter wide yoga room, as a mark of respect for India’s ancient civilization. The changes that the new policy enforces will apply to the eight municipal corporations in the state and the urban development areas attached to them. Corresponding changes need to be made in the general control development regulation (GDCR) rules of each urban body before the new policy can really be enforced. For example, municipalities do not have roads that are 30 meters wide as of now, and this kind of infrastructure will first have to be put in place before the policy will come into action.