Property owners who have invested in Kukatpally Housing Board (KPHB), an Andhra Pradesh Housing Board (APHB) initiative, are in a quandary with the Registrations and Stamps Department officials refusing to handover their property registration documents. The officials are maintaining that the documents will be released to owners if they pay registration charges based on the present market value.
The APHB had allotted about 100 Middle Income Group (MIG) and 400 Lower Income Group (LIG) houses in 1994 to beneficiaries on instalment basis and a majority of them have already paid up through EMIs. Based on the prevailing market values of 1994, the APHB had collected the registration fee from house owners and passed it on to the Registrations and Stamps Department.
The house owners said that to insulate them from such situations, the government had issued an order stipulating that the property registration fee would be collected according to the prevailing rates at the time of the beneficiary being allotted the house and not at the current market rate.
“Though we paid all the instalments with interest, the Registration Department is not handing over the documents. They want us to pay more registration fee which is against the government orders,” says Niranjan, a beneficiary. The house owners are irate over the sudden turn of events. “The officials are insisting on payment of registration fee based on the current market rate. They simply want to achieve their revenue targets,” charged, Anji Babu, secretary, APHB Kukatpally 7th Phase Colony Association.
When contacted Hyderabad district registrar V. Sulaiman explained: “We have sought clarity on this issue from the government. We are also referring individual cases to the higher-ups at the secretary level to take a call on the issue. We are hoping for a clear picture to emerge shortly.” In an attempt to resolve the issue, the APHB too had approached the Registration Department. “We have requested the department to review the decision of collecting registration fee according to the market rate prevailing then because the beneficiaries have purchased the houses on instalments,” an APHB official pleading anonymity, said.