No change in existing building norms under TS-bPASS: KTR

Buildings violating these norms will be demolished without any prior notice, the Minister reiterated, while introducing the TS-bPASS Bill in the State Legislative Council

By   |  Published: 15th Sep 2020  6:25 pmUpdated: 16th Sep 2020  12:44 am
File Photo: MAUD Minister K T Rama Rao speaking in the Assembly.

Hyderabad: Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao on Tuesday clarified that though building permissions are not required for constructions in plots measuring upto 75 sq.yards, registration in TS-bPASS is mandatory. He categorically stated that all constructions should be taken up within the provisions of the existing norms including building height restrictions and set-backs.

“Buildings violating these norms will be demolished without any prior notice,” the Minister reiterated, while introducing the TS-bPASS Bill in the State Legislative Council here. The Bill, which was passed by the State Assembly on Monday, was passed by the Council too on Tuesday.

Rama Rao said the TS-bPASS was a Brahmastra for the urban poor. “It is an irrefutable fact that people seeking to build their homes are harassed either by local politicians or officials soon after they start construction in urban areas. This situation prevailed for decades and no single government can be blamed for it. But Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao decided to put an end to it and dared to bring TS-bPASS way ahead of other States,” he said.

Further, the Minister stated that after discussing with officials, separate guidelines will be issued for initiating action against architects and builders in case of technical faults and deviations respectively. He reiterated that the applicants need not run from pillar to post to obtain necessary permissions after submitting their applications under TS-bPASS.

“The Municipal department will coordinate with the 12 departments to obtain necessary permissions within 21 days. If there are any objections or rejections, the same will be intimated to the applicants within 10 days. The TS-bPASS will supersede all existing laws, making it mandatory for all these 12 departments to respond to the Urban Local Body as far as building permissions are concerned,” he added.

With regard to implementing the Building Regularisation Scheme (BRS), the Minister said the case was scheduled for hearing in the High Court in the first week of October and the State government will appoint a special counsel to handle the case. He assured that a decision based on the High Court verdict would be taken.

The Municipal Administration department, he said, will work as per the guidelines of the Revenue department with regard to issuing permissions to constructions in lands with notarised documents. He clarified that no permissions are required for internal alterations in a house, but fresh permissions are required if any fresh structures are constructed outside the house or within the plot area.

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