Gram Panchayat vs. HMDA: Which one is better for buying plots in Hyderabad?

Are you thinking of purchasing property in Telangana? You should be aware of land parcels governed by Gram Panchayat (GP), and Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA).

A different set of rules and protocols are applicable for both plots, which may prove vital for buying consideration. In this article, we’ll discuss what GP & HDMA plots are, the difference between & the answers to the most commonly asked queries by the people.

What Are GP Plots?

Gram panchayat plots, abbreviated as GP plots, are the layouts designed by the village governing body for areas that do not come within the jurisdiction of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA). Lands under GP layout need to follow various prescribed protocols for agriculture, residential and commercial construction, and conversion. Following are the  protocols set by the Telangana State Institute of Panchayat Raj and Rural Development:

●      Plots should not be situated within 10 meters for residential construction and 12 m for other of an existing or proposed road

●      10 percent of the minimum open space rate for the total area

●      The residential plot size should be a  minimum of 300 sq m

●      Commercial buildings should be a minimum of 18 sq m

What Are HMDA Plots?

The HMDA chalks out the different layout plans for the city’s growth. Buyers need to seek approval from the authority on the city’s outskirts. The protocols are:

●      Buyers have to check RERA registration and HMDA approval of a layout or a new project by choosing to visit the official website of RERA

●      If the plot or its layout is registered in the official domain of TS RERA, then relevant approvals will be present

●      Verification of layout approval status under the relevant sections of the RERA Act 2016 needs to be done

●      As per sections 19 and 20, HMDA Act 2008, the approval and authorization of development should be provided to the new plot, project, or layout.

●      Investment in unapproved layouts can be subjected to auction according to Section 23, HMDA Act 2008

●      Buyers may also seek information about surrounding greenery, open space, minimum width of adjoining roads, infrastructure, utility connections, and recreational facilities of residential projects and plots.

The Difference Between GP & HMDA Plots

Gram Panchayat or GP plots in Hyderabad are subjected to the decisions reached by the state’s rural or panchayat development authority. At the same time, the metropolitan development authority of Hyderabad takes care of the approvals and registrations of new plots in the city and areas under its jurisdiction.

The conversion fee of a plot levied by the GP is 5 percent of the circle rate. Nearly 1/3rd of the available space should be kept open for GP plots during conversion.

In the case of HMDA plots, Rs 60 per sq m are charged to convert plots into an industrial development area. The rates for conversion of land may be accessed at its official website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question – Can we buy panchayat approved plot in Hyderabad?

Answer – Yes, it is safe to invest in Gram Panchayat Land, provided the land has been converted, following due process. However, while buying a Gram Panchayat Land, the buyer must verify the name of the authority that comes under the area’s jurisdiction.

Question – Is it safe to buy HMDA-approved plots?

Answer – Yes, as HMDA-approved plots come with guaranteed infrastructure development: Investment in HMDA-approved plots is better as it comes with guaranteed infrastructure development. For such plots, the developer/buyer is obliged to provide amenities such as a proper water system, drainage system, and electrification.

Question – What is the procedure to check if the layout is HMDA approved?

Answer – It is safe to invest in HDMA-approved plots as it’s free from legal issues and easily available bank loans. One can easily cross-check the areas that have valid HDMA approval by following the below procedure:

1. Go to the official  website of HMDA

2. Find & Click on ‘Online Services and select Land Use.’

3. Then, click on the links shown above & get the layout approval details


Most of the plots included under GP are agricultural land. A majority of these plots are situated on the outskirts of Hyderabad. To convert agricultural land into residential, a particular amount needs to be paid to the government as a conversion fee. Gram Panchayat layout rules apply only if the plot does not fall under HMDA or DTCP-approved layouts.

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are for informational purposes only based on industry reports and related news stories. PropertyPistol does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of the information and shall not be held responsible for any action taken based on the published information.


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