Correspondent

HYDERABAD: An estimated 2.5 lakh to three lakh people are believed to have applied for the Building Penalisation Scheme (BPS) which lapsed after four extensions on Tuesday.

The exact figures will be known after all the 134 municipalities and corporations, send in details by Wednesday evening, say officials of Municipal Administration and Urban Development.

The response was maximum in Hyderabad where violations were the most. About 1.5 lakh applications were under purview of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. It was followed by Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Visakhapatnam corporations, Tuni, Guntur, Bhimavaram municipalities.

“ Applications were accepted even if some faced difficulty in submitting all relevant documents immediately and part payments were allowed as willingness to comply with the law is more important. Some NGOs, residents welfare associations too educated people,” MU&UD Principal Secretary S.P.Singh told The Hindu.

The scheme differentiated between small technical violations and deliberate violations and penalty was linked with land value. An estimated Rs.1,300 crore to Rs.1,500 crore would be realised by municipalities and municipal corporations and UDAs over a period of six months, officials said.