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Srinagar- Government on Monday constituted Divisional Level Steering Committee for formulation and implementation of Town Planning Schemes (TPS) for divisions of Jammu and Kashmir.

With Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, and Kashmir respectively as its chairman, the committee has been tasked to prepare a Town Planning Scheme for identified areas in the Jammu and Kashmir Divisions and submit the same to the Government within prescribed time schedule.

It has been also tasked with implementation of the approved Town Planning Scheme on ground including formation of the Special Purpose Vehicle for its successful implementation, reads an order issued by the government.

Its terms of reference include preparation of the Terms of Reference for hiring of the consultant; Drafting legislation for Local Area Planning and Town Planning Scheme implementation after evaluating the different legislation related to management, development and control of land in urban areas and Coordination with various agencies for data collection and validation/approval of concept designs/bye-laws, besides estimation of costing and convergence of project components.

The committee for Jammu is headed by Divisional Commissioner as chairman and its members include Deputy Commissioner (Concerned), Commissioner, JMC , Chief Executive Officer, Smart City Jammu, Vice Chairman, Jammu Development Authority, Special Secretary (Law), Housing & Urban Development Department, Director Land Records Jammu, Chief Town Planner, Jammu (Member secretary), Prof. Dr. P.S.N. Rao (Director, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi), Paresh Sharma, Chief Town Planner (Retd.) Gujarat, and K.K. Pandey (Center for Urban Studies, IIPA )

The committee for Kashmir Division includes Divisional Commissioner Kashmir as Chairman and members include Deputy Commissioner (concerned), Commissioner SMC, Chief Executive Officer, Smart City Srinagar, Vice Chairman, Lake Conservation and Management Authority, Vice Chairman, Srinagar Development Authority, Special Secretary (Law), Housing & Urban Development Department, Director Land Records, Srinagar, Chief Town Planner, Kashmir and Prof. Dr. P.S.N.Rao (Director, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi), Paresh Sharma, Chief Town Planner (Retd.) Gujarat and K.K.Pandey (Center for Urban Studies, IIPA ).

Govt Forms Committee On ECBC, ENS

Also on Monday the government constituted a committee for implementation and enforcement of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) and Eco-Niwas Samhitta (ENS) in Jammu and Kashmir.

The committee has been formed in terms of Energy Conservation Act, 2001 and Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) Rules 2018, reads a government order.

With Administrative Secretary, Power Development Department as Chairperson and Administrative Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department as its Co-Chairperson, the 25-member committee has been tasked with job to promote energy efficiency standards through optimization of parameters in the various components and systems of the building in line with the provisions of these rules to enhance the building performance and provide every support to make it an effective instrument of promoting energy conservation and energy efficiency in the commercial buildings or establishments.

As per its terms of reference, the committee is also tasked to forward its recommendations to the Bureau to assist the National Energy Conservation Building Code Implementation Committee to develop and revise energy consumption standards for buildings, in terms of energy performance index, zone-wise – hot and dry, warm and humid, composite, temperate and cold climate zones, classification- wise.

It is also tasked to create awareness about Energy Conservation Building Code and procedure for erection of Code compliant building.

The committee is also required to promote construction of energy efficient buildings ensuring quality and consistency in their constructions having regard to the climatic conditions and needs of the building projects. It has also been asked to promote capacity building of building professionals, developers and contractors to promote energy efficient designs of buildings in close coordination with jurisdictional authorities.

Lastly, the panel has been asked to undertake performance review of annual work of all Empanelled Energy Auditors (Building) to check their credentials.

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