No more extensions for the scheme, assert officials

HYDERABAD: All municipal circle offices hummed with activity on Monday, the penultimate day before the Building Penalisation Scheme (BPS) shuts shop.

With authorities showing a markedly “friendly” approach towards the applicants, more number of people have been thronging offices to file forms. So much so that at least 10,000 fresh applications are estimated to have been filed on Monday with a similar number expect on Tuesday.

In some circles, close to 2,000 forms are said to have been filed even as the planning wing is trying to cope up with rush. BPS applications are now being accepted sans the new revised plan and one or two requisite documents. The nominal 10 per cent penal fee offer too is not being insisted upon, accept officials.

Officials have also asserted that there would not be any more extensions to BPS and citizens owning unauthorised structures or buildings constructed in deviation of the sanctioned plan must make use of the opportunity.

The scheme has been in vogue since January 1 and was being extended periodically till date due to a pending court case.

The Layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS) with no legal appendages will continue to be in force for another three months as officials see no danger in it being misused as it had happened with BPS. More than 5,000 illegal structures have come up taking undue advantage of the scheme; accept officials, warning resolute action will follow.

In GHMC alone, 1.40 lakh applications were received for BPS and 34,000 for LRS till Sunday with penal fee collection being Rs. 262.8 crore and Rs. 94.44 crore, respectively.