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civic body sets up task force on illegal constructions

civic body sets up task force on illegal constructions

To regulate unabated unauthorised constructions in the city, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has constituted a special task force (STF) to inspect all the ongoing constructions and initiate action, including demolition. The STF will also have powers to seal the buildings.

The task force will have outsourced engineers from the National Academy of Construction (NAC), who will inspect the buildings periodically (every month) and submit a report to the zonal-level STF. Town planning officers will not be part of the inspections as they might collude with property owners.

GHMC commissioner DS Lokesh Kumar has recently issued a note constituting the STF and guidelines. Official sources said there is a provision in the TS-bPASS (Telangana State Building Permission Approval and Self- Certification System) Act, 2020, to set up special teams to curb unauthorised structures.

“The idea behind setting up the STF is mainly to stop illegal constructions in the initial stages and demolish them if the owners do not take permissions or violate the building rules. Special teams members, especially engineers, are being trained at zonal level on how to carry out inspections and write panchanamas. The teams will get into action in the next one week,” a senior GHMC official told TOI.

The zonal-level STF will be headed by zonal commissioner of respective zones and superintending engineer of the zone and DCP (law and order) will be members and GHMC joint commissioner or deputy commissioner will be nodal officer on whose name notices will be served on owners of illegal buildings.

#source times of india