Where neighbours are really close to each other

Setback spaces specifies the space left between a building and the boundary of the plot. In Bangalore, it sometimes is measured in inches.


Unbearable closeness
Cartoon by: Narasimha Vedala

Setback spaces specifies the space left between a building and the boundary of the plot. It is meant to ensure sufficient light, air and privacy to the occupants of the building and to the immediate neighbours. Space should allow for movement of vehicles around the building in case of an emergency, like a fire.

Recommended setback rules according to the BBMP byelaws.

BBMP byelaw setback
BBMP byelaw setback

According to a retired senior BBMP official, it is estimated that 50 per cent of properties show more than 75 per cent deviations from the sanctioned plan.

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