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The Punjab Cabinet recently made amendments for easing building rules to give the further boost to the construction industry, while facilitating better urban planning and development in the state.

The cabinet also approved the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Rules-2018, providing for purchasable unlimited floor area ratio (FAR) for group housing, commercial, public office, hotel and industrial buildings, while increasing permissible FAR for residential development and educational buildings.

The new rules were drafted after taking inputs from co-departments and public on a draft uploaded in the public domain. The suggestions were considered and duly incorporated in these rules, will replace the Punjab Urban Development Authority Building Rules 2013, according to an official spokesperson.

Other key features of the rules 2018 include the new provision for rental housing/hostel, dhaba, miniplex and multiplex, wholesale trade/warehouse/integrated freight complex, besides an increase in commercial use in group housing projects from 0.20% to 1% of total area.

Apart from this, 5% additional ground coverage has been permitted in the case of the retail service industry, while ground coverage for the commercial building has been increased from 40% to 45%, the official spokesperson said after the Cabinet meeting.

A new provision has been incorporated for orphanage home, old age home, children’s institute/school for mentally challenged or physically handicapped persons.

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