Staff Reporter

More than 14,600 applications received

Processing of applications will be completed soon

VMC stands second in State in BPS revenue collection

VIJAYAWADA: Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) is likely to receive Rs. 100 crores through Building Penalisation Scheme (BPS) that ended on Tuesday. The VMC received more than 14,600 applications by evening, and the officials said that they expected another 1,000 applications till midnight.

City Planner P. Thimma Reddy said the Corporation sold nearly 18,400 applications, while it printed 19,000 applications.

People purchased about 600 applications on the closing day of the scheme. The Corporation received an initial payment of Rs. 16.96 crore.

And, it would receive around Rs. 100 crore, if all the eligible applicants pay the remaining amount, he said.

He said scrutiny of applications, field inspection and other formalities would be completed in a couple of days. The processing of applications would be completed at the earliest.

The applicants, however, would not be told about the status of their application till the case pending in the High Court was disposed of, he said.

“At a later stage, we will identify the people, who have not applied under the scheme. We will cross check with the list of buildings and houses that were constructed in violation of rules and regulations,” he said, adding, “penal steps like hike of property tax, as stipulated in GO 901, and demolition of unauthorised constructions will be taken up, as soon as the High Court pronounces its judgment.”

Mr. Reddy said the VMC was the second Municipal Corporation in the state, next only to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) with such a huge response and revenue. The GHMC is stated to have received Rs. 500 crore, he said.

It may be recalled that the State Government issued GO 901 on December 31, 2007, with a view to regulate the unauthorised constructions across the State.

But, there was a widespread criticism that the government had introduced the scheme only to fill the coffers, as the penal charges were too exorbitant.

The last date was extended thrice ever since the scheme was introduced.

Target surpassed

GUNTUR: Guntur Municipal Corporation has surpassed the target revenue of Rs.10 crore through BPS.

It has expected to receive approximately 12,000 applications from the city dwellers and on the last date for receiving applications under the scheme on Tuesday 9,000 people applied by 9 p.m. There was a long queue outside the GMC counters with applicants waiting with cheques and demand drafts. The counters remained open till midnight.

Municipal Commissioner Siddhartha Jain said on Tuesday alone the collection had touched Rs.1 crore through more than 1,600 applications.