Planting Trees Must To Get Occupation Certificates, Building-Plan Approvals In Gurgaon
With a view to increase the city’s green cover, the Municipal Corporation of Guruguram (MCG) has decided to give building plan approvals and occupation certificates to property owners only after they leave enough space to plant trees. The MGG has given an approval to rules in this regard, formulated on the lines of the Bengaluru Civic By-laws 2003.
The number of trees an owner has to plant will depend on the area in which they are developing a property. Landlords developing areas spanning between 40 square metre (sqmt) and 200 sqmt will have to plant one tree while those developing areas measuring between 200 sqmt and 500 sqmt will have to leave enough space to plant two trees. In case the area spans between 500 sqmt and 750 sqmt, the owner will have to plant three trees. For every sqmt thereafter, the owner will have to plant one tree each. Additionally, the owner will have to plant the same number of trees on the shoulder of the road if it is wider than nine metre.
Owners have the option to pick a tree sapling from the MCG nurseries. They could also pick a sapling on their choice as the MCG has not specified what sort of trees one could plant.
How will building owners go about getting the approval now that the new rule comes into effect?
While filing the application to get occupancy certificates or building-plan approvals, the owner will have to attach photographs of the planted trees along with the application. Following this, MCG officials will visit the site and issue the certificate if they are satisfied. In case they find that the owner failed to plant or maintain the sapling, they could slap a fine of Rs 1,000 per tree on the owner. The owner would also have to plant the trees he is required to plant within a month to get the occupation certificate.