M. L. Melly Maitreyi
HYDERABAD: Satisfied with the response to the Building Penalisation Scheme that lapsed on July 15, the government has given an action plan to civic bodies to speed up processing of the applications and post their status on the net.
In all, about 3.5 lakh applications were received by municipal corporations, municipalities and urban development authorities yielding initial penal deposit of Rs. 500 crore. The government now wants to sustain the momentum and process the applications expeditiously. It will review the status every week.
“We have asked the civic bodies to draw a time-bound plan for scrutiny of applications, random inspection of buildings, calculation of balance amount to be paid by applicants and place them all on the website. The objective is to keep everything ready to the point of issuance of final orders. Once the court disposes the case on BPS, regularisation certificates can be issued to applicants immediately,” officials said. The Department of Municipal Administration and Urban Development has permitted the municipal bodies to engage additional personnel like architects, graduate engineers to speed up scrutiny and inspection. The Principal Secretary, MA&UD, S. P. Singh has directed the corporations, municipalities to develop software on the lines of the one developed by Vijayawada Municipal Corporation for posting all details of the BPS applications and place it in the public domain within a week.
The government also gave detailed instruction on how to go about scrutiny and inspection under BPS. In respect of G+2 residential buildings, 10 per cent of applications be selected for random inspection, for buildings up to G+4 floors, 50 per cent of applications be scrutinised and in case of multi-storeyed buildings, all applications should be scrutinised by department officials only.
There would be physical verification of sites in respect of all non-residential multi-storeyed buildings.