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V. GEETANATH
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Andhra Pradesh unveils Green Channel for plan approvals in just four days

The realty sector is getting a big dose of builder friendly facilities and practices to keep pace with the growth in the economy. Gone are the days when a building plan took months for approval from government bodies; today savvy State Governments and local administration bodies are taking bold steps to quicken the pace of development in the real estate sector.

The Andhra Pradesh government recently unveiled its Green Channel policy for the Hyderabad area which reduces the time for an approval to a mere four days; in Karnataka, the government has taken the help of technology to give online approvals to builders in Bangalore within 15 days of submitting the plans.

These initiatives while empowering local officials to speed things up, come with riders which levy a stiff penalty in case of any deviation from the norms.

In Andhra Pradesh, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC)'s new ‘Green Channel' initiative, promising automatic approvals to building permissions within four days of submission, took off recently in all circle and zonal offices.

The initiative is based on self-certification by owners and registered architects. Permission will be given to constructions coming up in plots of up to 1,000 sq.m. and ground plus three floors or a height of 12 metres excluding the parking floors.

Applicants must get plans made by licensed architects registered with HMDA/ GHMC/ Council of Architecture or Engineers/Surveyors registered with GHMC to ensure conformity to Master Plan / Zoning Regulations / Building Rules and Regulations as well as various Government orders.

Such plans should be submitted through these licensed technical personnel at the Citizen Service Centres of circle offices concerned in full form duly enclosing all relevant documents with payment of prescribed fee in full in the form of two DDs — one for an amount of Rs.10, 000 and remaining balance amount in the form of DD in the name of Commissioner, GHMC.

Plans will be scrutinized by the town planning officials at the circle or zonal Offices and after approval of Deputy Commissioners/Zonal Commissioners.

Permissions will be given within four clear working days pending post site inspection after which the staff concerned will inspect the site within 15 days to check for the details and confirms the same to the DC/ZC concerned.

To prevent unauthorized constructions or buildings coming up in deviation of the sanctioned plan, the licensed technical personnel have to give a quarterly report on the progress of construction.

Failure to do so or submitting incorrect factual report will lead to forfeit of bank guarantee and cancellation of license for repeated non-compliance.

Permission will also be cancelled if the town planning staff finds any discrepancy during their inspection.

The staff concerned too will be penalized if they do not process or inspect the site within a stipulated time.

A fine of Rs. 50 a day will be charged as per the Citizen's Charter. DCs and Zonal City Planners too are also responsible for issuing or rejecting an application with the four-day limit.

Applications for Green Channel are available at Citizen Service Centres or can be downloaded from GHMC website www.ghmc.gov.in.

More importantly, no additional fees need to be paid by applicants for processing their applications through the Green Channel.

V. GEETANATH

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