HUBBALLI: Ever wondered why there aren’t many tall buildings in Hubballi-Dharwad compared to other tier-2 cities in Karnataka? Well, blame it on a government rule.
But this set to change. The Hubballi-Dharwad Urban Development Authority (HDUDA) will soon allow buildings up to 15 metres high. No special permission from the state government will be required for this. Currently, the HDUDA allows only buildings that are up to 11.5 metres high. Buildings taller than that need to be approved by the Urban Development Department.
The HDUDA took a decision to this effect at a meeting on July 6, according to media reports. The meeting was attended by Large and Medium Industries Minister and Hubballi-Dharwad Central MLA Jagadish Shettar, Hubballi-Dharwad West MLA Arvind Bellad and MLC Basavaraj Horatti among others.
The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (Credai)-Hubballi Dharwad has for long called for increasing the height of buildings.
For the record, Hubballi-Dharwad does have dozens of high-rises (some are about 15 stories high) but constructing them will still require special permission from the state government.
This apart, the HDUDA also decided to reduce the width of roads in front of apartments, from 12 metres to nine metres in city areas, and to 12 metres outside city limits, according to media reports.