HYDERABAD: Rs. 375 crore and still counting. That has been the fee collected through the Building Penalisation Scheme (BPS) from the GHMC side in the last six months when the scheme was in vogue. Tuesday was the last day to apply to regularise unauthorised buildings and constructions built deviating from sanctioned plans.
Chief City Planner B. Purushothama Reddy expects at least 25,000 applications might have been received on Tuesday in various offices with the penal fee collection likely to between Rs. 10-12 crore. But the exact figure will only be known in a day as the town planning personnel sift through the forms. Most number of applications are said to have been filed from areas of Serilingampally, Kukatpally, L.B. Nagar, Khairatabad, etc. The total number of applications for both BPS and Layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS) could be more than 1.75 lakh.
The municipal circle offices throughout the twin cities were packed since morning with applicants and help desks set up in each office besieged throughout the day and till late into the night. Authorities decided to accept any number of applications coming their way even after the scheduled closure of 8 p.m.
Head office quiet
The GHMC head office was relatively quiet but about 350 applications were received, including those pertaining to the circle offices.
With the Government clarifying that a nominal amount of 10 per cent of the penal fee or even less is sufficient for the applications to be accepted, the surge towards filing the forms was much more in the last few days.
Not insisting on all the requisite documents was another incentive.
Both schemes commonly referred to as Compulsory Disclosure Scheme (CDS) came into vogue from January 1, 2008 and initially it was for two months before it got continuous extensions ever since after a court case was filed seeking directions not to regularise a building since a case was already on in a local civil court.