CDS applicants throng municipal offices

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Crowded counters: Residents filling forms at a municipal office on Tuesday.
Crowded counters: Residents filling forms at a municipal office on Tuesday.

Scheme comes to a close today

Total penal fees collected through applications in the range of Rs. 190 crore

Penal fee payment standardised to Rs. 20,000 or 50 p.c. of penal fee for the time being

HYDERABAD: With no official indication yet on extension of last date for submitting applications for Compulsory Disclosure Scheme (CDS) to regularise unauthorised buildings and layouts through penal payments, municipal offices were inundated with applicants on Tuesday.

The scheme is to come to a close today. All GHMC offices, including the head office, saw a large number of people thronging the counters and help desks seeking assistance in filling forms and clearing doubts. The civic body is expected to have received close to 50,000 applications for buildings regularisation alone.

The number of applications for layouts is considered to be around 10,000 as on date and senior officials are expecting at least 5,000 more forms to be filed on the last day. The total penal fees collected through all these applications is in the range of Rs. 190 crore and a good Rs. 10 crore more is the expectation in the official circles.

Doubts remain

Though nearly four months have gone by, there still are several doubts in the minds of the citizens about CDS and on the modalities of filling the forms. There have been instances of people living outside GHMC jurisdiction coming for submission and they had to be re-directed to the HUDA office.

To facilitate more people applying for the scheme, the GHMC said that the revised plan can be submitted by May 31 if the application with relevant documents is filed by April 30. Penal fee payment too has been standardised in view of the deadline – pay Rs. 20,000 or 50 per cent of the penal fee for now. The rest can be paid by September end.

Citizens can also contact the Chief City Planner (CCP) B. Purushothama Reddy (phones: 23220438/9849009127) or the Additional CCP S. Balakrishna (phones: 23228878/9849006016) for any clarifications.



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