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State announces sops for construction industry

Hyderabad, Nov 2 : Giving a major relief to the construction industry, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Friday said that the builders could start the construction of structures immediately after payment of required fee, without waiting for the formal approvals.

Speaking after inaugurating the Mega Property Show organised by the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) at People’s Plaza, Necklace Road here, the Chief Minister said that the officials would be instructed not to harass the builders. He said under the Single-Window Clearance Policy, the builders could start the construction after paying the required fee. However, he said that the builders should not violate any norms during the constructions.

The Chief Minister advised the construction industry to facilitate the extensive usage of solar power in the new buildings. Further, he said the builders should design the structures that could also save and re-cycle water. He said every year, due to leakages and wastages, water that could be utilised for four months by the entire city population was being wasted. He also suggested that the buildings be constructed using Vaasthu as it could ensure flow of fresh air and natural light, which could minimise the utilisation of energy.

Regarding the shortage of sand, the Chief Minister said that the matter regarding the sand mining was sub-judice and the government was trying to resolve the matter at the earliest. He also said the water needs of twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderbad would be completely met after the completion of Krishna Phase-III and Godavari Projects.

Kiran Kumar Reddy also gave a brief sketch of several developmental activities being carried out in the city. However, he asked the builders not to create environmental imbalance with their construction. He advised them to provide quality construction to the consumers.

Meanwhile, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister M Maheedhar Reddy announced that the government would give 10 per cent concession on taxes to the builders who provide solar power in the buildings. He said the government was ready to amend the rules for the construction industry, if it ensures that the end benefits would reach the common man.

Labour Minister Danam Nagender said that the government was providing necessary training to labourers to enable them to serve the construction industry in a better way. He said that the government was determined to make Hyderabad a slum-free city.

Mines and Geology Minister G Aruna Kumari said that the government would soon come out with a new policy to ensure that the construction industry does not face shortage of sand for their projects. She said that the Chief Minister has already constituted a sub-committee and based on its report, the new policy would be formulated.

CREDAI’s AP President C Chandrasekhara Reddy and other senior government officials addressed the inaugural ceremony. The Mega Property Show is one of the largest exhibition in Andhra Pradesh having participation from over 150 developers showcasing more than 15,000 properties worth Rs 10,000 crore. About 25,000 customers are expected to visit the Show which would will continue till November 4.

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