In Telangana, the municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department introduced a proposal of self-certification to sanction residential building permission on the plots upto 200 square metres i.e. 240 square yards.
The official also said that according to Section 250 of the proposed Municipal Act any developer/property owner will be sentenced to jail for three years if found guilty for the development of building without the consent and for violating master plan norms.
Sources said that the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation [GHMC] is also showcasing interest in the proposal to implement self-certification for building permission in approved layouts.
The official also said that the sanctions will be given as soon as the property owners upload all required documents online along with submission of fees online. Also, the plots measuring upto 200 sq metres does not require an Occupancy Certificate.
But, the property owners/developers are required to give a declaration that they will be responsible for any legal action against them. This proposal is drafted on the basis of overwhelming response that the Telangana State Industrial Project Approval Self Certification System (TSiPASS) received as it has proven helpful to bring down corruption in the town planning wings in the state.
Apart from this, the Telangana Government is likely to fix a seven-day deadline to deal strictly with the document procedure to sanction permissions. The permission will stand deemed to be given if the civic bodies do not respond in a week’s time.
All the civic bodies across the State will have the rights to seal illegal construction and legal action will be taken against the people trying to break the seal.