May go for third party check on new constructions

Move aimed to arrest illegal constructions or plan deviation

85 applications for apartments cleared under new building rules

HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is thinking of going in for a third party check for multi-storied buildings construction to ensure they conform to the sanctioned plan with no deviations.

Town Planning Department officials strongly feel this is the only way out to keep a tab on all the constructions going on all over the twin cities especially the apartments and commercial complexes.

“We have no other option but to go for such a system considering the staff strength and multiple roles they have to perform,” remarked an official.

It was imperative to have such a system in place sooner than later even when the new common building rules have some stringent norms to arrest illegal constructions or those deviating from the sanctioned plans like mortgaging 10 per cent of the built up area, compulsory registration of builders, etc., officials said.

“The mortgage clause will surely go a long way in controlling untrammelled constructions but still we will need someone to verify if the builder is sticking to norms. There could be a case where a builder might mortgage the said built up area and yet construct more than permitted for. Most of time higher ups are not getting proper information too,” officials pointed out.

While modalities for such a supervisory system are still being discussed, qualified technical personnel like architects or surveyors are likely to be put on the job.

The mortgage part is now being marked in the building plan itself and a separate register is being maintained for such buildings of more than ground plus one.

Ever since the new building rules have come into existence, GHMC has cleared 85 multi-storied applications, rejected 123 with 34 applications pending in the seven circles of the erstwhile MCH area.

HUDA is yet to transfer the building permission powers for the 12 municipalities aligned with the Corporation.

Licence must

With builders’ licences made compulsory from this month onwards, about 75 of them got themselves registered.

“We needed to have a cut off date and from now on plans will be scrutinised for registered builders only for apartments and commercial complexes,” affirmed Chief City Planner B. Purushothama Reddy.