Six-laning of NH-66: NHAI proposes stringent access permission rules for buildings alongside
Alappuzha: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has proposed stringent access permission rules for buildings alongside National Highway 66 (NH-66) which passes through Kerala among other states.
The access permission rules implemented by the union government pertains with ensuring free flow of vehicles in the highways and regulates buildings and parking alongside. Though it was passed in 2002, they were mainly enforced in metro cities. However, the six-laning of NH-66 will bring the buildings alongside under the purview of the rule.
Buildings and places including houses, agricultural plots, single-room shops, private commercial organizations and fuel stations alongside the highways comes under the ambit of the rule. They all are supposed to submit the request for getting access permission as prescribed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the Government of India and NHAI. A designated fee should be paid for this. However, agricultural plots and single-room shops are exempted from the fee.
As per the rule, no construction activities alongside the national highways should be allowed without obtaining access permission. Meanwhile, access road up to a maximum width of 12 metre can be allowed. Similarly, there are many other specific procedures to be followed. Land type and the type of building will determine the specific rules to be complied with.
The access permission granting procedures in India is done through consultancies authorised by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. At present there are 138 such consultancies. Along with the fee for access permission, the consultancies will charge their service charge.