Kalol Explosion: Distrustful Government Insists CGSB Approves Construction Plan OK | Ahmedabad News

Gandhinagar: A gas pipeline explosion at an upscale residential company in Kalol near Gandhinagar eight months ago has led the state government to become hyper vigilant on the matter. In fact, the Chief Urban Planner of Gujarat has given guidance to all municipal planners and those employed by the Urban Development Authority to seek mandatory CGSB NOCs as a prerequisite for adopting building plans. .
While the layout is not new, the Kalol incident in which two houses collapsed and killed two people forced developers to apply for multiple permits, which would have a cascading effect on construction activity in the city. ‘State.
It is learned that the authorization of the construction plan for the new hotel complex of the Karnavati Club located in the village of Mulsana, in the district of Gandhinagar, has fallen into limbo because of this. Sources said that the tentative construction plan for the new club is awaiting clearance from the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) as a ONGC pipeline passes from the plot of land.
Sources said that despite arrangements being made to leave enough space around the pipeline according to standards, their plan is awaiting clearances.
AUDA CEO AB Gor claimed that AUDA has yet to receive a detailed plan from the club. “The rule is clear. We need a detailed plan to start the NOC process with CGSB. So far our office has not received a detailed plan from the Karnavati club, ”Gor said.
The state’s chief town planner, BS Shah, said the arrangements for checking oil or underground pipelines and power lines have been in place for a long time. “Somehow this was not followed up by the developers, so after the Kalol incident, we categorically ordered all relevant planning officials not to issue any permits until the obtaining the necessary NOC, ”Shah said.
Industry experts said the gas pipeline clearance issue had put several real estate projects in difficulty. Already 11 real estate projects in Vastral as well as two projects in Nikol, from which the ONGC line passes, are on hold, AMC sources said.
A minimum of 12 to 15 meters of buffer space on either side of an underground CGSB line should be left unbuilt in accordance with existing guidelines.
“The deadline will be four months to obtain a CGSB authorization. Once a citizen approaches a municipal body or urban development authority for approval of a plan, the municipal authority must independently seek a notice of compliance from the CGSB, along with the citizen, if there is a ONGC line nearby. The application is processed at the CGSB office in Chandkheda and then sent to its head office in Mumbai for approval, ”said an urban planning official at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).
It should be mentioned here that for the past 9 years civic organizations like AMC have started integrating CGSB lines into their town plans following a site inspection.
In December 2020, a gas pipeline explosion at a residential company in Kalol caused two houses to collapse, leaving one dead and four injured. The residential company concerned is located near the ONGC field in Kalol.

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