To curb rampant illegal constructions in Telangana, the new Municipal Bill -2019 proposes either imprisonment up to three years for anyone raising unauthorised buildings or a penalty of 25 per cent of the total value of the land/ building fixed by the registration department.
The move, welcomed by opposition parties, comes at a time when authorities are struggling to cope with rising illegal constructions across the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area. Out of 22 lakh buildings in Hyderabad, at least 50 % has some building plan deviation and 10 % are illegal structures altogether, latest GHMC records show.
Officials said the new bill proposes to stop constructions in the space earmarked for parking in the building plan, based on which the approval is given. The proposed Act empowers the municipal authorities to levy 25 per cent of the land value as penalty, if the parking space shown is used for any construction.
The bill also aims at curbing corruption in the town planning department and allows prospective building owners to apply online for building permission through self-certification. Stringent action, including imprisonment and hefty fines, would be levied if anyone provides wrong information.
In order to encourage citizens to bring to the notice of district collector and municipal authorities on the unauthorized constructions, the proposed bill says that the identity of informers would be kept confidential and the informant would also get a reward. However, the details of incentives are not mentioned in the bill.
Town planning wings of various civic bodies have their task cut out and cannot ignore any complaint on an unauthorised construction or simply get away by issuing a notice to a developer or owner of an illegal structure after the matter is brought to their notice.