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Srinagar- The government on Monday constituted a divisional level steering committee for the formulation and implementation of the Town Planning Schemes (TPS) for the divisions of Jammu and Kashmir.

Under the chairmanship of the Divisional Commissioner of Jammu and Kashmir, the committee was tasked to prepare a town plan for the identified areas in the Jammu and Kashmir divisions and submit it to the government within the stipulated time.

He was also tasked with the implementation of the approved urban plan in the field, including the formation of the special purpose vehicle for its successful implementation, reads an order issued by the government.

Its terms of reference include the preparation of the terms of reference for hiring the consultant; Drafting of legislation for the implementation of local land use and urban planning schemes after evaluation of the various legislations relating to the management, development and control of land in urban areas and coordination with various agencies for collection of data and validation/approval of the conceptual designs/orders, in addition to the estimate of the costing and the convergence of the components of the project.

The Committee for Jammu is headed by the Divisional Commissioner as Chairman and its members include Deputy Commissioner (relevant), Commissioner, JMC, Managing Director, Smart City Jammu, Vice Chairman, Jammu Development Authority, Secretary special (law), housing and urban development. Department, Director Land Records Jammu, Chief Urban Planner, Jammu (Member Secretary), Prof. Dr. PSN Rao (Director, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi), Paresh Sharma, Chief Urban Planner (Retd.) Gujarat, and KK Pandey (Centre for Urban Studies, IIPA)

Kashmir Division Committee includes Kashmir Divisional Commissioner as Chairman and members include Deputy Commissioner (concerned), SMC Commissioner, Managing Director of Smart City Srinagar, Deputy Chairman of Lake Conservation and Management Authority, Vice Chairman of Srinagar Development Authority, Special Secretary (Law), Housing & Urban Development Department, Director Land Records, Srinagar, Chief Town Planner, Kashmir and Prof. Dr. PSNRao (Director, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi), Paresh Sharma, Chief Town Urbanner (Retd.) Gujarat and KK Pandey (Centre for Urban Studies, IIPA).

ECBC Government Forms Committee, ENS

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

The committee was formed under the Energy Conservation Act 2001 and the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) 2018 rules, reads a government decree.

With the Administrative Secretary of the Department of Energy Development as Chair and the Administrative Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development as Co-Chair, the 25-member committee was tasked with promoting energy efficiency standards through optimization parameters in the various components and systems of the building in accordance with the provisions of these rules to improve the performance of the building and provide all the support to make it an effective instrument for promoting energy saving and energy efficiency in buildings or commercial establishments.

In accordance with its terms of reference, the committee is also responsible for providing recommendations to the Board to assist the National Building Energy Conservation Code Implementation Committee in developing and revising energy consumption standards for buildings, in terms of energy performance index, by zone – hot and dry climatic zones, hot and humid, composite, temperate and cold, depending on the classification.

He is also responsible for publicizing the Building Code for energy conservation and the procedure for erecting a building in accordance with the Code.

The committee is also required to promote the construction of energy-efficient buildings by ensuring the quality and consistency of their constructions with regard to climatic conditions and the needs of real estate projects. It was also requested to promote capacity building of building professionals, developers and contractors to promote energy efficient building designs in close coordination with jurisdictional authorities.

Finally, the panel was asked to undertake an annual work performance review of all Empaneled (building) energy auditors to check their credentials.

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