Construction and renovation in the Walled City area, Jaipur will now be done only after the permission of various heritage committees. Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC), Heritage commissioner Lok Bandhu has given orders regarding the same on January 13 under which any permission for construction in the Walled City area will have to go through several committees.
In the Rajasthan Heritage Bylaws released last year, it was mentioned that committees will be formed to decide on permission for the construction of buildings. The order issued by the commissioner states that for construction and renovation of all the heritage buildings inside Walled City — the 1,575 buildings of heritage importance, buildings on either side of the heritage walkway, buildings identified on behalf of the heritage cell along with buildings located on either side of the main markets — permission will have to be sought from the Heritage Cell, Technical Heritage Committee, and Building Construction and Works Committee.
At first, an application will have to be made to the zonal offices of JMC, Heritage that will look into the ownership of the building from where it will go to the Heritage Cell. After the cell has checked the details, it will be transferred to the head of the Technical Heritage Committee i.e. the chief town planner.
The town planner will further it to the Heritage mayor who will, after completing the formalities, transfer the file to the zonal office. Permission of state government will be held necessary for construction or renovation of any building of national and state importance.
This multi-layer system of getting permission from different committees has technically made it difficult to construct or renovate a house in the Walled City area. The buildings, other than those of heritage importance, will have to follow a similar procedure except the mayor’s clearance. After the clearance from the technical committee, the application will be sent back to the zonal office.
Procedure to get Approval
- The application will have to be made at the zonal office concerned.
- After checking the ownership of the plot, the file will be sent to Heritage Cell which will examine the map as per the spot report and building regulations.
- After an investigation by Heritage Cell, the file will be sent to the Technical Heritage Committee.
- After receiving the recommendation of the Technical Heritage Committee, the file will be sent to the Building and Works Committee.
- The file will then be presented to the city mayor for approval. Permission must from the state Govt for any building of national or state importance.