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A double whammy for many

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Ayyappa Nagar is one of areas where rules are observed more in breach.
Ayyappa Nagar is one of areas where rules are observed more in breach.

Staff Reporter

According to a rough estimate, there are more than 50 unauthorised layouts in well-developed residential areas

VIJAYAWADA: Scores of property owners in the city are just beginning to realise what ‘double whammy’ means. Living in flats or houses constructed with deviations from approved plans and on layouts not approved by the authorities, they are in a state of shock. The reason: for them, both GO 901 dealing with Building Penalisation Scheme (BPS) and GO 902 dealing with Layout Regulation Scheme (LRS) applies.

Such individuals will have to first shell out huge penalty for getting their layouts regulated before paying from their nose penalty for getting deviations in their buildings regulated.

According to a rough estimate, there are more than 50 unauthorised layouts in well-developed residential areas like Patamata, Gunadala, Bhavanipuram and Vidyadharapuram. For example, barring a few layouts like Electricity Colony, Treasury Colony and New RTC Colony, most of the layouts in 10th division are “unauthorised”.

The owners of properties in such ‘unauthorised layouts’ shudder at the thought of paying penalisation charges to the extent of not less than Rs. 10 lakhs. Residents of some of these colonies have estimated that they may have to pay at least Rs. 3 lakhs towards regulation of layout alone, even though they had purchased a 200-square yard plot in the ‘unapproved layout’ for Rs. 1.86 lakhs.

A. Gopalakrishna, secretary of the committee of residential welfare associations of 10th division, says that the anomalies in the government’s procedures have pushed the commoner into a corner. He points out that the Registration Department had registered these plots even if the layout was not approved.

In a bid to avoid coming under the Urban Land Ceiling Act, many landowners had made use of the provision of issuing a general power of attorney (GPA) to hand over the plots to the buyers.

The building inspectors, taking their share of pie, had recorded the newly constructed houses as old ones. Subsequently, a door number was allotted to them, he explains.

Owners of such properties argue that the Government should collect the penalisation charges based on the book value of the land at the time of purchase, instead of calculating the penalty on the basis of the present value, as it would help many middle class families.


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