The Manipur government has approved the construction of 7-storey buildings within the areas covered by the Imphal Municipal Corporation Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: Now, you can soon see a seven-storey building in Imphal, the capital of Manipur, thanks to the Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) giving nod to construct such buildings as against the existing limit of up to three storeys.

According to reports, the announcement was made by the Manipur municipal administration, housing and urban development (MAHUD) minister Th Shyamkumar during a press conference in Imphal recently.

As per the amended provisions of the IMC bye-laws (first amendment), 2019, anyone under the jurisdiction of IMC can construct multi-storey buildings with a maximum of seven-storeys. However, the landowners are cautioned to follow proper safety measures given the region falling under the severe seismic zone.

As per the report, the state government has taken the necessary steps to protect the ever-increasing construction of buildings and structures on agricultural lands. Over the years, the state has seen drastically decreased in agricultural products owing to increasing construction of buildings on farmlands.

Moreover, the building bye-laws were amended after experts and architects approved that maximum of G-7 (seven) storey building can be constructed in the state with proper safety regulations.

During the press conference, the minister also informed that any individual who wishes to construct a building or structure under residential, commercial, or institutional should obtain a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from the town planning department,” he said.

Meanwhile, as per the report, despite seven-storey buildings allowed to come up within IMC areas, such structures will be prohibited in security zones. Also, during construction of any building, landowners are instructed to plan proper layouts of the building with necessary components such as proper drainage and sanitation, presence of rain harvesting areas, fire safety and natural calamities protection etc.

Recently, two persons were injured after some portions of an ongoing building construction collapsed at the Palace Compound in Imphal.

The minister also appealed the public to follow rules framed by the government for their safety and get approval from the authority concerned to avoid any unfortunate incidents, the report said.

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