Tiruchi Corporation will soon approach the government seeking an order for the regularisation of unapproved residential layouts in the five newly added wards in the city.

The five new wards were created following the merger of the Tiruverumbur Town Panchayat and the Pappakurichi, Ellakudi, Keezha Kalkandarkottai and Alathur panchayats, all in the eastern suburb of the city, with the Corporation following delimitation some months back. The five new wards are spread over the Golden Rock and Ariyamangalam zones in the city.

According to sources, there were over a hundred unapproved residential layouts in the new wards with over 14,000 plots. Several houses have already come up in the residential localities.

However, the Corporation has not been able to issue building plan approvals for plots located in these unapproved layouts consequent to the merger of these areas. Property tax revision too has not yet been taken up in these areas after they were merged with the Corporation.

An official resolution on the subject would soon be tabled before the Corporation Council seeking approval for approaching the government for issuing an order to regularise the unapproved layouts and plots.

The Corporation has already sent a report to the Commissioner of Municipal Administration stating that there were about 14,000 unapproved plots in the give new wards. This apart, there were about 2,300 unapproved plots in the other 60 wards of the Corporation as well.

A few years back, it was pointed out, the government had issued orders for regularising unapproved layouts as a one-time measure. Initially, the Corporation was empowered to regularise the layouts after collecting open space reservation charge, development and regularisation fees. Subsequently, the scheme was simplified to regularise plots in the layouts by collecting Rs.5 per square feet.

The Corporation would now seek either an extension of the previous order or a fresh GO for regularising the about 16,300 unapproved layouts that have been identified now, the sources said.