Building permission may need traffic impact assessment
Commercial establishments and other big projects coming up in the city may soon have to get a Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) report for securing building permissions from civic bodies.
Currently, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has been insisting on TIA from developers and builders for granting permissions for multiplexes and shopping malls on major roads. TIA is vital as it gives the civic body an idea about the impact of an upcoming construction on the road and surrounding areas, especially with respect to traffic volume and infrastructure.
For instance, a showroom, recently opened at Rajiv Gandhi circle at Panjagutta, created a traffic nightmare for commuters using the road every day . If TIA guidelines were to come into force, the builder would be asked to take steps at his own cost to ease commuters’ woes.
“For the first time in the country , GHMC has taken up a manual for TIA for Hyderabad Metropolitan Area and a consultant has been given the task to prepare the report which will be ready by June next year.For a pilot study , TIA has taken up the stretch at GVK Mall on Road No 1 Banjara Hills and Knowledge City in Gachibowli,“ GHMC chief city planner S Devender Reddy told.
The manual and guidelines of TIA will give clarity on categories of buildings and built up areas that require TIA. It will also outline where there is a necessity to increase impact fee and other parameters.