Gujarat courts skyscrapers by tripling tower height limits

Gujarat has increased the height limit for building in the state from 23 storeys to 70 in an attempt to emulate the skylines of Singapore and Dubai.

The move was announced yesterday (19 August) by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who said the new rule would apply to Gujarat’s five "megacities".

"We want to create world-class infrastructure and skyscrapers in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot," he said, reports The New Indian Express.

He added "This decision will not only take Gujarat’s skyline to a record high. It will also show the state’s mettle in terms of its infrastructure capacity. Urban infrastructure will be able to accommodate the rising population and generate more employment for the dwellers."

The state is to form a Technical Committee to examine the design of tall buildings, made up of state officials and academic experts in engineering, soil mechanics, fire services and town planning, as well as a practising structural engineer.

Towers will need disaster management plans and wind-tunnel tests.  

Other requirements are that the adjoining road must be more than 30m wide, and have chargers for electric cars in the parking space.  

Image: Flat city: Ahmedabad seen from the Sabarmati river (Dreamstime)

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