HYDERABAD: Due to inordinate delay in issuing No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the revenue divisional officers (RDOs) of Medak, Rangareddy, Nalgonda and Mahbubnagar districts for conversion of agricultural land into non-agricultural purpose, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has stopped releasing layouts, group housing and building permissions in HMDA limits for want of NOC.
Over 200 applications submitted by land owners, builders and developers for releasing layouts and buildings permissions in HMDA limits are pending for the last three months for want of NOC, leading to huge revenue loss to the government.
Meantime, land owners, developers and realtors are converting agricultural land for non-agricultural purpose without obtaining permission from the RDOs concerned, the competent authority under AP Agricultural Land (conversion of Land from Agricultural to Non-Agricultural Purposes) Act 2006, there by evading conversion fee leading to revenue loss to the state exchequer.
HMDA officials told Express that it has imposed a condition to the applicants to produce NOC from RDO, who is the competent authority under the said Act, for release of layouts and group housing.
They said that though many land owners and developers are ready to obtain NOC they were facing difficulties in getting them as the RDOS are referring the applications to tahsildars and village revenue officers.
to tackle the loss of revenue to the government exchequer, HMDA Metropolitan Commissioner Shalini Mishra wrote to district collectors of Rangareddy, Medak, Nalgonda and Mahabubnagar to instruct the RDOs on how to dispose the conversion application expeditiously. Meanwhile, several applicants approached the High Court and obtained an interim direction to release the layout or building permissions without insisting on NOC.