Building on faster governance
A.P. 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.
The Andhra Pradesh Government recently unveiled its Green Channel policy for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area which reduces the time for an approval to a mere four days.
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 licensed technical personnel at the Citizen Service Centres of circle offices concerned, 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 the balance amount in the form of DD in the name of Commissioner, GHMC.
Plans will be scrutinised 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. 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 unauthorised 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 licence for repeated non-compliance.
Permission will also be cancelled if the town planning staff finds any discrepancy during their inspection.
The staff concerned will be penalised 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.
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