May 11 (PTI) Haryana government
today decided to increase the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for residential plots, a
move is aimed to cope with increased demand for housing and conserve land for
The government has decided to allow purchasable FAR over and above the existing
FAR is the ratio of a building's total floor area (gross floor area) to the
size of the piece of land upon which it is built, an official release said here
It said that purchasable FAR would be applicable only for licensed colonies and
Under the new rules, FAR for 3, 4, 6 and 10 marla houses will be 2 while for 14
marla, 1 kanal and 2-kanal houses, it would be 1.8.
At present, FAR in these houses varies from 1 to 1.65.
The rate for the increased FAR varies from Rs 45 to Rs 750 per sq ft depending
upon the potential of zones.
The ground coverage for 3 and 4 marla houses has been kept at 66 per cent while
it has been increased to 66 from 60 per cent in case of 6 and 10 marla
For 14 marla houses, it has been raised from 52.8 to 60 per cent, for a kanal
house, from 50.71 to 60 per cent and for 2 kanals from 45.53 to 60 per cent,
The revenue generated through purchasable FAR will go to the concerned
municipal authority for licensed colonies and projects in municipal areas,
It will go to Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) wherever it has to
strengthen services due to increased density and shall be used for consequent
development works that may be necessitated.
benefit of additional FAR shall be allowed after suitable amendments are made
in the relevant Act or rules by the concerned authority, it further said.
"The ball will soon be set rolling for making necessary amendments in the
relevant statutory provisions," the release said.
It is pertinent to mention here that FAR and ground coverage norms for the
residential plots followed by the Department of Town and Country Planning were
fixed way back in 1977.
Need has been felt for revising them to cope with the ever-increasing demand
for houses, especially in the urban areas, it said.
Various representations, received from different organizations seeking revision
of FAR or ground coverage norms, were considered genuine for two reasons:
scarce land resource and the need to intensively utilize the urban land so that
land could be preserved for agriculture, it said.