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New buildings on hold as permissions stuck in red tape. Builders and construction groups across the city are a worried lot, thanks to the Telangana government’s grandiose plans of constructing elevated expressways and skyways and in the meantime putting thousands of new building plans on hold.

Builders rue that the files on permissions, that are required before taking up any construction, are moving at a snail’s pace in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). This is pushing up construction costs, ultimately becoming a burden on prospective flat owners who have already invested lakhs in their properties.

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“The GHMC is now delaying the grant of permissions. One major cause for this is that the city is yet to be divided into zones. Also, the government is planning to construct new flyovers and skyways and has put other building permissions on hold,” said Vijay Jandhyala, head of a renowned infrastructure company.

It may be recalled that the GHMC officials were given orders by the government in March this year to put all permissions on hold as the government was planning to acquire lands for major projects, one of them being the Strategic Road Development Project (SRDP), which included the construction of skyways, expressways and flyovers at major junctions.”Had we given new permissions, land acquisition for the project would have become difficult,” said a senior official from the GHMC.

As of now, apart from 47,000 pend ing permissions, which had accumulated over the last five years, the GHMC has put close to 1,500 new requests on hold. Officials say that applicants rejected once often re-apply, causing more delays in the system. About 38,000 were approved and 5,600 rejected in November last year.

Senior represent atives of infrastructure groups say that civic officials are also stuck trying to identify the various land use patterns in the city.

“Usually, the GHMC takes three months to sanction building plans, that too at the zonal level. But now, they are examining the plans at the head office level. Thus, the permits take anywhere between six to eight months to be approved,” said a marketing director of a well-known construction company.

Siddharth Tadepalli, The Times of India, Delhi/NCR

Note: The above information posted is taken from Siddharth Tadepalli, The Times of India, Delhi/NCR

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