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1. Can I obtain the forms from the Internet? 

2. What is the procedure for obtaining trade license and its renewal?

3. What is the punishment for throwing garbages in public places and jhoras?

4. What is the procedure for obtaining approval of  blue print plan?

5. What are the guidelines  to be applied for the earthquake resistant system to be followed during the construction of building?

6. What are some of the common landslide preventive measures in a hilly place like Sikkim?

1. Can I obtain the forms from the Internet ?
The various forms for obtaining Trade Licence, Application for Allotment of Site, Application for Additional Site /Regularisation, Application to Construct Building or Execute any Work, Form for Cable Television Network Licence, Pool Game Forms, Application Form for USEP under SJSRY are available in the website as downloadable forms.  These can be downloaded and can be submitted to the Department.
2. What is the procedure for obtaining trade license and its renewal?

The appThe application for obtaining trade licence is to be submitted to the Department in the form No. I which is available in this office/web site  on submission of Bank Receipt of Rs.20/- trade licence fees along with four passport size recent photographs of the applicant.  Besides these documents following documents are also to be submitted as per the amendment by notification No.37(139) UD&HD/265/ dated 03.11.1993 :

(a) No objection Certificate from the house owner where the business is intended to be run.

(b) Occupancy Certificate of the building/house where the trade is intended to be carried on.

(c) Recommendation of the Member of Legislative Assembly of the constituency where the business is intended to be run.

(d) No Objection Certificate from the Forest Department where the shop is in the rural areas/within the road reserve.

 If the business is regarding manufacturing, storage or sale of any articles of food prepared or unprepared, the applicants should enclosed licence of Sikkim Prevention of Food Adulteration of Health and Family Welfare Department.

 In case the application is for medical shop, Nursing Home, Medical and Dental Clinics Pathology Laboratory and other investigation Laboratory no objection certificate from Drugs Cell of Health and Family Welfare Department is also to be submitted alongwith form No. I.

 Trade Licence for hardware are being issued to those persons only who has sufficient parking space and storage facilities.

 Eligibility conditions: -

(i) Every person applying for trade licence should have attained the age of 18 years on the date of application for issue of trade licence.

(ii) Trade licence for notified bazar area are issued to the persons having authentic residential status certificate.

(iii) Trade licence for the location outside bazar area are issued giving preference to local inhabitants which means, inhabitants settled in the locality prior to 1961.

Renewal of licence – The trade licence is renewed every year on payment of prescribed annual fee.  But before renewal of licence, licensee should clear the ground rent, toll tax and shop room rent payable to the Department.  The licence submitted after the prescribed period for renewal shall be charged late fee of Rs.5/- for every day of delay.

3. What is the punishment for throwing garbages in public places and jhoras?

Under Sikkim Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 1997 no one is allowed to throw bio-degradable or Non-biodegradable garbage in any public place or in any drain ventilation shaft pipe and fitting connected with the private or public drainage except in appropriate garbage receptacles.  Any one violating this is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine up to Rs.5,000/- or with both.
4. What is the procedure for obtaining approval of  blue print plan?
The applicant should apply in writing to the secretary UD&HD in Form I appended to these regulations or can be obtained from from the downloadable provision in the in the website. On receipt of application form the Town planning Cell of the department verifies blue prints. After verification and found as per the regulations of the Department the applicant is asked to deposit supervision charge and fee for guidelines for earthquake resistant system. The plans are now processed to the higher authority for approval  by Additional Secretary.
5. What are the guidelines  to be applied for the earthquake resistant system to be followed during the construction of building?

The basic guidelines to be followed are as under:

Foundation of the building:
a)      A raft foundation provides for distribution of pressure over a large surface area and is the best type of foundation.
b)      In case of isolated footing ,it is more advisable to make them deeper and preferably over a solid rock. The footing should be combined.

Plinth level RCC beams:
RCC beams should be provided at plinth level which tie the columns into composite to make more stable.

Lintels:
RCC lintels above windows and doors , and at window sill levels bound to the columns should be provided which will bind the walls and prevent them from flying them  out.

RCC bracing:
Long supported walls should be provided with bracing in the form of RCC beams, perpendicularly and horizontally, for added strength.

Heights floor ratio: 
A low height ratio minimizes the tendency of a building to topple that is  a building with small floor area should restrict the height .Floor heights should be equal. The shape of the building should be symmetrical as far as possible which will dispurse the seismic forces eqully in all directions.
For further information  one may contact the Town Planner of the Department for the technical advice.

6. What are some of the common landslide preventive measures in a hilly place like Sikkim?

Landslides are restricted ordinarily to the outer most earth’s crust. Severe damages to properties and loss of lives  are attributed to the slides in the hilly areas. Some of the common corrective measures for stabilization of slopes are the following:

Surface Drainage:
1)Construction of drainage for prevention of surface run off from entering into the slide prone area.
2)For relieving hydrostatic pressure drainage borings and drainage galaries be constructed to release and divert water out of slide zone.

River /streams/jhoras training:
 The soil erosion along the river banks can be controlled by river training .The diversion streams and jhoras by choking of there by garbage has to be periodically cleaned. The department has banned use of plastic bags in the State to avoid such choking . We should avoid throwing the garbage to the streams and the jhoras.

 Upgradation of construction techniques and dwelling structures in harmony with the existing condition of soil.

 Quarrying and unloading of the stones and sand in places in haphazard manner should be avoided.

 We should plant trees and avoid deforestation there by conserving the soil erosion.

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