Hyderabad: The planning wing of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) in the financial year 2021-22 sanctioned 17,572 building permits and issued 1,550 certificates of occupancy. It received Rs 1,144.08 crore as revenue for building permit fees and charges, compared to 11,538 building permits, 1,574 occupancy certificates and Rs 661 crore collected in 2020-21. Thus, there was a 73 percent increase in revenue compared to the previous year.

Planning officials said that in 2020-21, due to the Covid pandemic, there was a drop in the number of permits. The government granted a disbursement facility for the payment of fees during the year. Labor shortages in construction during the lockdown and after that for some time led to a reduction in building permits.

However, in 2021-22, post Covid, the property sector in Hyderabad has fully recovered and shown considerable growth. With the construction of sky bridges and the development of connecting roads to reduce traffic congestion, the provision of drinking water to all citizens, the continuous supply of electricity and the maintenance of public order have helped to attract new business projects. and residential in the city, GHMC officials said.

The introduction of TSbPASS has led to greater simplification of the process, such as instant approvals and one-stop permits, which has resulted in an increase in building permits. According to officials, building permits issued under the TSbPASS are: 746 instant registrations, 10,793 instant approvals, 6,033 one-stop shops and 1,550 certificates of occupancy. A total of 17,572 building permits were issued. Among them, 83 were high-rise buildings, for which various types of building permits were issued. Permissions for 198 commercial buildings have been approved, with 15 high-rise buildings; permission was also granted for 40 institutions, hospitals, seven high-rise institutions and hospitals. The department has approved 17,334 residential building permits, in addition to 61 high-rise residential buildings. In fiscal year 2021-22, five commercial projects and eight residential projects were approved with a height of more than 30 stories. The maximum construction height allowed so far in the GHMC zone is 128 meters (41 floors). Two multiplex proposals were sanctioned.