Building Penalisation Scheme backlog applications to be cleared in 3 months

Property-owners whose Building Penalisation Scheme (BPS) applications are pending with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) can get the same cleared now
By: Times of India/Hyderabad
 
July 16, 2012 - PRLog -- The municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department has on Friday issued a memo to GHMC, HMDA and other municipalities in the state giving them three months time to clear pending applications. This move is expected to benefit about 40,000 applicants.

Officials said that the processing of BPS applications was stopped on December 31, 2010 due to which over 27,000 applications with GHMC were put on hold along with another 10,000 which HMDA had received.

A bulk of the pending BPS applications are in the East Zone in circles like LB Nagar, Kapra and Uppal with about 6,600 applications followed by North Zone circles of Secunderabad, Malkajgiri, Alwal and Qutbullapur where nearly 5,600 applications are awaiting clearance.

The rest of the pending applications are for Central Zone areas like Khairatabad, Abids, Himayathnagar, West Zone areas like Serilingampally, Kukatpally, Gachibowli and South Zone areas, Old City and Malakpet included.

Officials said that most applicants have either made partial payments on their penalty amounts or are those who are yet to submit documents like structural stability certificate and urban land ceiling clearance which are required for final approval. Over 2,000 high-rise building applications require a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the fire services department.

Civic officials would be cautious about clearing applications for circles like Kukatpally and LB Nagar where there are allegations of fake BPS proceedings having been opened by builders of illegal constructions and owners who constructed additional floors after applying for regularisation. After these irregularities came to light, revalidation of demand drafts and verification of applications was done by the town-planning wing.

Official sources said that while some circles have been checked, verification for the rest would be done using Google maps of 2007 to check the status of the building at the time. The BPS is applicable to those unauthorised structures which were constructed before December, 2007.

When contacted, MA&UD joint director S Devender Reddy said that the memo which gives three months for clearance of pending BPS applications had been issued upon request by some civic bodies.


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