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Hyderabad’s special drive to check building regularisation applications

As a part of a special drive, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is scrutinising Building Regularisation Scheme (BRS) applications. Since 2015, a total of 1.30 lakh BRS applications were received.

“Around 40% of total applications have been scrutinised. Scrutiny of applications does not mean structures or additional floors will be regularised or are likely to be regularised, the decision has to be taken by high court,” said a GHMC official.

A total of 89 teams have been formed who are inspecting the sites. “We are measuring the structures and verifying the details published in the application form. Based on the verification report, a BRS fee is generated. The applicant will not be informed about the fee or the status of the report,” said a GHMC official.

Since four years, new BRS applications are not being accepted, only the applications where construction was started before October 28, 2015 were accepted and are eligible under BRS scheme. The BRS scheme was rolled out in GHMC limits in 2015.

The scheme aimed to curb illegal constructions by regularising them. Government gave the opportunity to builders/ individuals to regularise the illegal floors, buildings and deviations under the scheme by paying BRS fee, but the scheme did not take off due to a public interest litigation filed in high court.

BRS applications are being scrutinised and a verification report of all the applications is being prepared as civic officials expect a high court hearing pertaining to BRS applications in the coming months. “We will submit the verification report to the court along with the application, the court will decide the action that needs to be taken,” said a GHMC official.


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