The Telangana government is mulling making building permission and layout approval mandatory for registering properties mainly to curb illegal constructions and layouts in the city. Now, builders who want to sell any property will have to provide a copy of the sanctioned plan or layout approval if it is an open plot for property registration. Some states like Tamil Nadu have been implementing the system of insisting on approval copies for registering a property for the last few years.
But for making any changes in the existing system in the state, necessary amendments need to be made to the Registration Act that is a central Act. Sources said a team of officials will visit some states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to study their system. The state government is also planning to either waive or reduce the building fee on constructions up to 150 sq yards. The move is being considered mainly in view of the forthcoming GHMC elections.
The Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) department, which has been tasked to suggest amendments and measures to existing rules, has finalised recommendations which would be submitted to the cabinet sub-committee headed by commercial tax minister T Srinivas Yadav.
“Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wants to take stringent action against developers allowing illegal structures and layouts. He gave them an opportunity to regularise unauthorised buildings and layouts under the Building Penalization Scheme (BPS). Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) and Director of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) have made suggestions including linking registrations with approvals,” Srinivas Yadav told TOI.
Apart from insisting on building approvals for registrations, the town planning wing laid emphasis on occupancy certificates for buildings that come up below 500 sq metres plot area. Occupancy certificates are necessary for buildings with G+5 and above. A few years ago, the MA&UD department made it mandatory that G+2 buildings and above need to mortgage either 10% of the built-up area or one floor with the civic body. The mortgaged portion is released after the builder obtains occupancy certificate from the municipal authority. This rule was incorporated mainly to discourage builders from raising unauthorised floors.
“One of the suggestions is to ensure hassle-free building approvals for smaller plots, especially structures that come up in up to 150 sq yards plots. As of now, there is a provision in the law where a licenced architect, who prepares drawings for buildings, is empowered to approve building plans without the intervention of the civic body. But architects are not coming forward to utilise their powers as they would be in soup if the builder or owner deviates from the sanctioned plan,” a senior official of DTCP said.
The Indian Institute of Architects also suggested some modifications in the approval procedures. “Our chapter suggested that there should be e-submission provision for approvals which is being done manually as of now. Similarly, we have suggested some changes like height of the building, transfer of setbacks and interpretation of some rules,” Guru Raj, chairman of the Telangana Chapter of Indian Institute of Architects, said.