HYDERABAD: As the countdown begins for the Compulsory Disclosure Scheme (CDS) to regularise unauthorised buildings and layouts, speculation is mounting if the government will extend the last date. While there is no official word yet with Wednesday being the last day, official grapevine hints that 15 more days might be given for apartments and individual buildings to pay the penal fees and submit the required documents for regularisation.

“The CDS has been in vogue for four months and sufficient time has been given for citizens to file their applications,” observed a senior official. The government is also said to be thinking of taking the nod of the Election Commission before announcing any further extension.In the GHMC alone, 38,900 applications have been received for buildings regularisation with the penal fee paid amounting to Rs. 125.67 crore. For the layouts regularisation, the official thinking is that it will not be out of place to encourage citizens to file applications for at least a month more considering the complicated nature of filing them. Officials are allowing people to pay up the penal fee for buildings that have come up in illegal layouts.

So far, the civic body had received 7,420 applications for layouts with the penal fee paid coming to Rs. 34.85 crore. With the next two days likely to see a big rush, help desks in all circle offices have been activated.