HYDERABAD: A special cell to receive applications for regularisation of government lands was inaugurated at the Hyderabad Collectorate by in-charge Collector S. Mukteswar Rao on Monday. The special cell will accept applications for land regularisation till June 8, 2008, according to a press release.

Persons who had encroached on government lands before December 31, 2003, are eligible for regularisation. They only have to approach the special cell for applications. Applications are available at the newly opened cell for Rs. 50.

Officials recruited to man the special cell, including retired Tahsildar, two-deputy Tahsildars along with others, will guide the applicants in filling the applications. They will also take-up initial screening of application forms before accepting.

The in-charge Collector clarified that the regularisation drive would applicable to dispute-free government lands only. Lands coming under the Urban Land Ceiling, Greater Master Plan, Lakes, Naalas, and National Highways will not be entertained, he clarified. The district is expecting 9,000 applicants from Hyderabad. The regularisation will be done free of cost for those applicants having 50 square yards of land only.

The government has appointed a special committee to screen the applications. The panel members will also carry out an on-field survey.