According to officials from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s town planning department, they have deployed a new online system for applying for penalisation. “In this new system we are receiving close to 400 applications everyday. We are trying to go through all of them and see which ones are eligible for regularisation,” said S Devender Reddy, chief city planner, GHMC.
However, officials from the state fire services department say that they are using the applications given to the GHMC for enforcing the Fire Safety Act.
“We are going through all the applications that the people have sent to the GHMC, and verifying whether they have a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from our department. If they fail to install any fire fighting equipment, the civic body will not regularise their building,” said a senior officer from the state fire services department, requesting anonymity.
If the records of the GHMC are anything to go by, the highest number of applications are being received from areas like, Kukatpally , L B Nagar, S R Nagar and Ameerpet.
Ironically officials from the civic body have revealed that they have noticed a hazardous trend in the applications that they have been receiving.
“Most of the buildings that are applying for regularisation, from these areas house, either hospitals or educational institutions, but they were located in residential complexes,” P Venkata Ramana, additional director, fire prevention wing, GHMC, told TOI.
He further added that the fire-fighting mechanism for an educational institution varies from those that are required for an apartment or residential complex.
“Since there are hundreds of such buildings which are applying for penalisation, they would have to be converted into commercial complexes from residential complexes, for them to be regularised. Now, that they are applying for regularisation, we will take them all up to task,” he added. Venkata Ramana, also stated that the GHMC and the fire services department, are visiting the buildings which have sought regularisation.