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After the tragic earth quake in Gujrat the question of building safety gained topmost importance. The State Government in this Department constituted two Expert Committees, one for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the other for the Municipalities, to consider the provisions of the existing building rules and to suggest necessary revisions in the rules to ensure building safety. On the basis of the recommendations of the said Committees, processed by a third Committee, the building rules for the Municipalities has  been reshaped in the form of The West Bengal Municipal (Building) Rules, 2007and the said rules has been made applicable for Silliguri, Asansol, Durgapur and Chandernagore Municipal Corporations. The work for revising the building rules for Kolkata and Howrah Municipal Corporation are under active consideration.  In this new rule the aspects of building safety, environment protection, use of unconventional sources of energy wherever possible, have property been addressed to.  The new rules stands on the following basic principles:
  • Compliance of the provisions of the latest edition of the National Building Code and Bureau of Indian Standard, and also the National Electrical Code for construction of earthquake resistant and safe structure, while constructing building in urban areas.
  • Ensuring structural safety of old buildings
  • Safeguarding waterfronts
  • Providing disabled friendly devices in the public buildings
  • Rain Water Harvesting System
  • Use of solar energy wherever possible
  • Provision of tree cover for bigger buildings and housings
  • Waste Water Recycling System
  • Effective measures for prevention of mosquito breeding
 
 
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