The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has proposed to take action against commercial buildings operating without occupancy certificates (OC). An OC shows that the building was constructed without any deviations such as extra floors, parking space violation and setbacks. It is only after the receipt of the OC that the buildings, whether commercial or residential, should be occupied. However, if there are any minor deviations, the certificates are issued upon a penal payment per sq ft. It had become mandatory to get the occupancy certificate since 2007 when the common building rules (GO 86) had been in effect.
As per the survey of the town planning section of the corporation, permission was given to about 350 commercial complexes since then with a 10 percent mortgage clause. However, it was found that only 36 of these structures made effort to get occupancy certificates. There were about 23 commercial complexes which had been running without even applying for the certificate. Around eight such complexes had taken the certificate and later started to build illegal floors. The corporation has planned to issue notices such complexes and even seal them.
Source: The Hindu