To legalise open plots in unapproved layouts in the state, the Telangana government has announced Layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS) on Tuesday. The illegal layouts, which have come up and registered through sale deed prior to the August 26, 2020 are eligible for regularisation on payment of penalty. The last date for receiving applications under the LRS scheme is October 15, 2020.
The municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department in its GO (No 131 dt August 31, 2020) said the Telangana Regularization of Unapproved and illegal Layout Rules, 2020“ will be implemented in all the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), other urban development authorities, municipal corporations, municipalities and panchayats.
The government said land owners, private developers, firms, companies and property developers can regularise the plots in illegal layouts if atleast 10% of plots are sold through registered deed on or before August 26. The GO said no registration of plots should be done henceforth in all such unauthorized and unapproved layouts and no building permissions shall be granted under the relevant provisions in such layouts. Regularization of plots or layouts is a pre-condition for registration or sale of such plots and obtaining building approval for construction, the order stated.
However, the MA&UD department said, no layout or development activity would be regularised that have come up in the bed of water bodies like River or nala, and in the Full Tank Level (FTL) of any lake, pond, cheruvu or kunta and in shikam lands. Since water bodies and water courses should be maintained as a recreational or green buffer zone, no layout development activity other than recreational use should be carried out within 30 meters from the boundary of the river course or lakes of area of 10 hectares and above. It will be 9 meters from the boundary of the lake area less than 10 hectares and 9 meters from the boundaries of canal and vagu, respectively.
According to the GO, applications can be filed through online in the prescribed format for regularization. ”The individual applicants have to pay Rs 1,000 towards registration fee and it is Rs 10,000 fee for layout developers. The applicants can also file online applications through a common web portal, Mee-Seva Centre or Citizen Service Centre located at local body and a smart phone based mobile app as developed for this purpose.