T.N. stiffens norms for housing projects

To tighten control over groundwater extraction and transport in most parts of the state, the Tamil Nadu govt. has made it mandatory for ongoing and new housing projects with over six flats to obtain no objection certificates from the PWD’s groundwater wing. However, the new norm is not applicable to Chennai and 302 villages of Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts, which come under the Chennai Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation Act, 1987). Further more, it is not meant for individual houses and having projects of upto six flats. An official clarifies that the rule will not cover houses that have been constructed and occupied.

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