Bhubaneswar:19/7/18; In the wake of water logging in many low-lying areas across the city, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has decided to restrict development work in Environmentally Sensitive Zones (ESZ) demarcated in the Master Plan of Bhubaneswar.
BDA would also ask the builders and real-estate developers to stop construction activities without complying with adequate drainage support for their projects, even if, they have the approval with them.
It is decided to invoke the provisions of newly-amended BDA (Planning and Building Standards) Regulations, 2018 regarding development activity near notified wetlands, lakes, reservoir, low-lying areas, environmentally sensitive zone and water bodies where the building and layout plan approval could only be given if the overall plan has sustainable drainage and low ecological impact based development.
As per the general regulations specified for ESZ, the minimum area for approval is 1 acre with maximum ground coverage of 40 per cent and there should be an approach road of 12 metres width.
It can be mentioned here that the Environmentally Sensitive Zones are not only contributing immensely for the recharge of the underground water table but also helping in containing the excess rainwater when the city was experiencing more and more rainfall.