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Posted on 13 December, 2014 at 4:20 Comments comments (19)

Source:Dec 13 2014 : The Times of India (Bangalore,

The first home is a dream come true; it's not just a space to be designed. It usually is a mix of years of aspirations and desires that one wishes to turn into reality all at one go.

The functional and aesthetic demands from a first home are usually high. We want the best use of space and yet incorporate some ideas that are not practical.


To begin with, you must list your needs in a tabular form as per Functional Needs and Aesthetic Demands. Following this, on a scale of 1 to 5, you can prioritise your needs.


Making a plan


Q Prioritise your needs as per functional and aesthetic demands.This could take a couple of days, but take time as this is the foundation for your first home. You could keep evolving and working on this list on a regular basis.Q You must keep in mind basic factors that are vital to planning the space and aesthetic of your first home: Q Always keep in mind the dynamics of the space, the size of the rooms and the amount of natural light to be experienced.QAvoid interrupting the passage of natural light as much as possible, unless it's a home theatre, where you may need to block light completely for optimum experience.QIn compact spaces, be particularly careful about not over crowding the space; steer clear of dark colours that may make an already closely-packed space feel even tighter.QUse simple forms of furniture, so as to make the place feel bigger. The use of large mirrors can make a space feel much larger than it really is.QThe essence is not in the square feet of the space to be used, but is in the enhancement of the experience of living in that space.Q When designing spaces, I al ways drape the curtains from the ceiling of the room; this gives the space visual length, thus magnifying the volume in the room. The cost may be negligibly higher for a few extra metres of fabric, but the enhancement of volume and feeling is incomparable.Q In a living room, use sheers, transparent fabrics that make a place look lighter and brighter.Q Your colour schemes are vital to the aesthetics of your home. Define your colour scheme and then finalise your furniture, curtains and upholstery . Don't work the other way around. To add a zing to the space, play with the use of accent furniture and cushions to add the 'wow' touch.

Occupancy certificate must for power, water connections...

Posted on 1 December, 2014 at 10:30 Comments comments (4)

Occupancy certificate must for power, water connections

Subhash Chandra N S, Bengaluru, Nov 30, 2014, DHNS:


Move aimed at preventing illegal structures coming up in City

The Urban Development Department has recently issued a circular making occupancy certificate (OC) mandatory for obtaining electricity and water connections for the newly constructed buildings. Reuters file photo


The Urban Development Department has recently issued a circular making occupancy certificate (OC) mandatory for obtaining electricity and water connections for the newly constructed buildings.


In the circular signed by the Under Secretary, UDD, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahangara Palike (BBMP), the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and other local bodies have been directed to look into encroachments and violations of the building bylaws and issue OCs.


The Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) and the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) have been directed to provide power and water connection only when the property owners submit a no objection certificate (NoC) or an OC from the civic agencies.Â


The move is aimed at preventing illegal structures coming up in the City and to check violation of building bylaws.

The circular, a copy of which is available with Deccan Herald, says that if there is any violation after this, the executive engineers concerned will be held responsible and a disciplinary action will be initiated against them. This decision was taken in a high-level meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary in May, earlier this year, to discuss the issue.


The Energy Department, referring to this circular, on September 9 wrote to all the electricity supply companies (Escoms) in the State, listing necessary steps to be taken to prevent violations of building bylaws.Â


In addition, the Chief Electrical Inspectorate issued a circular to its subordinate officials on October 16, to insist on the occupancy certificate from the applicants when they provide the safety certificate.


Initially, this decision will be implemented in Bengaluru and it will be extended to rest of the State gradually.


However, as per Section 43 of the Electricity Act, 2003, there is universal supply obligation on the part of the distribution companies as the law mandates that within one month from the date of application by a consumer, the distribution company is bound to provide power supply.


This circular has nothing to do with the Chief Inspector of Electricity (CIE), a statutory body functioning under the Electricity Act, 2003.

“The CIE has directed the electricity inspectors functioning under it to insist upon OC to be produced right at the time of the work completion certificate. The work completion certificate is given by the electricity contractor after the completion of the external and the internal wiring. The building will be in its nascent condition when the completion report is issued,” said a power expert on condition of anonymity.


Interestingly, neither the CIE nor the energy department has cited any legal provision that empowers them to issue such a circular.