New metropolitan commissioner wants all the unlawful plots to be regularised. The cash-strapped HMDA urgently needs to look at replenishing its coffers
Leaving sanctioning of new reality projects and builders behind, the HMDA, has begun pursuing illegal plots and buildings.
Sensing the tepid response to the department’s LRS (layout regularisation scheme), a meeting convened by the metropolitan commissioner Neerab Kumar Prasad decided to chase illegal plots rather than sanctioning new buildings and projects.
So far 615 illegal plots and buildings have been identified on the first day of its survey through which the department hopes to raise a massive Rs.1,000 crore by regularisation. The initial survey scored 615 plots in the HMDA Ghatkesar zone which accounts for a mere 25 per cent of the zone. Other zones include Shamshabad, Medchal and Shankarpally.
The LRS was not enthusiastically received when it was launched in March. This was a collaborative effort between the HMDA and GHMC. After this, the HMDA decided to pursue managements of over 150 engineering colleges that were illegally constructed. Although there was reluctance to pay the initial charges, a meeting conveyed with the managements and HMDA paved the way for regularising illegal constructions. This was done after a mandate was made clear to the consortium that participated in the meeting. The HMDA hopes to raise Rs.150 crore from the managements.
Following this in the ongoing survey at Keesara, Choutuppal and Boingiri mandals notices will be served for the 615 illegal plots from Thursday. “After that we plan to take up surveys in the remaining mandals,” said zonal officer of Ghatkesar Venkateshwarulu.
This act of cracking the whip over the many irregularities is seen as a positive outcome of the HMDA’s efforts to regularise illegal layouts.
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