Hyderabad: Laying emphasis on more transparency and ensuring citizens convenience, a new municipal act will govern the Greater Hyderabad soon.
The Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao on Saturday said a new Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Act will be introduced shortly. While incorporating all the major provisions of Telangana Municipalities Act 2019, the new GHMC Act will focus on easing the building plan approval mechanism and put more focus on sanitation and greenery.
“The new GHMC Act will ensure timely service to citizens with emphasis on more transparency,” said Rao during a meeting with Mayor Bonthu Rammohan, MAUD Principal Secretary, Arvind Kumar and others here on Saturday.
To this effect already instructions have been issued to the municipal administration officials to incorporate the provisions of the Telangana Municipalities Act 2019 in the proposed GHMC Act. The new Act will be presented during the Budget session to be held in March for approval, he said.
MAUD Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar and GHMC Commissioner DS Lokesh Kumar were directed to incorporate aspects that expedite citizen services, building plan approvals, have more responsibility to elected public representatives and others.
More importantly, with the Telangana State Building Permission Approval and Self-Certification System (TS-BPASS) to be introduced shortly, officials have been instructed to update and ensure all the provisions of the new system are in place in the GHMC Act.
Required steps will be taken to ensure the new provisions of building plan approval are also implemented in HMDA to expedite the application approval.
As per the new Telangana Municipalities Act 2019, for plots up to 75 square yards and construction up to ground plus one floor, no approval is needed. Online registration is done on payment of just Rs.1 and giving details of land ownership and the plan in accordance. No Occupancy Certificate is required as well.
Further, addressing the GHMC officials, the Minister said the Zonal Commissioners should come up with innovative programmes, which ensure more convenience for citizens. In addition to the Strategic Road Development Programme, road maintenance and double bedroom housing, focus should also be on sanitation in respective zones, he said.
Special attention should be taken in maintenance of parks, junction development, provision of public toilets and introducing more Basti Dawakhanas. A special dashboard should be set up to upload the progress of these works and for regular monitoring, the Minister instructed the GHMC officials.