HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has so far received around 30,000 applications seeking to regularise layouts under the Layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS) offered by the government. The last date for making submissions under the scheme announced last year has been extended couple of times and at present is fixed at April 30. However, an additional 10 per cent penal fee is being charged now.

The LRS meant for regulation of unapproved and illegal layouts and enable building permissions for the owners was also conceived as a means to facilitate Master Plan and provide relief to those who purchased plots without awareness about layout regulations or permissions.

Cautioned

The scheme is however not applicable for instances such as encroached government lands, tank beds and Sikham land and open spaces earmarked in any approved layout. Once the scheme closes, the authorities have cautioned that unapproved plots and layouts for which regulation was not sought will be treated as continuing offence and recorded in prohibitory register of the Registration Department to prevent sale/disposal.

According to the HMDA officials, more than 4,000 applications were received in the last three months taking the total submissions made so far close to 30,000. Most of these are from the new areas that came into prominence during the real estate boom. “As and when we receive an application under LRS, the same is being processed and regularisation is taken up,” the official informed.

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