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Coronavirus pandemic has impacted the process of regularisation of unauthorised layouts in 43 new urban local bodies (ULBs), including 39 municipalities and municipal corporations, along with four urban development authorities (UDAs) in the State. The authorities concerned have now extended the deadline till September 30.

As against Rs 16 crore generated through Land Regularisation Scheme (LRS) prior to May 23 this year, the ULBs earned only Rs 2.16 crore after extending the deadline. The LRS is applicable with registered sale deeds existing as on March 30, 2018.

In 2018, the State government created 68 new ULBs including seven municipal corporations in which around 188 villages adjacent to the ULBs were merged with the respective ULBs.

Accordingly, another 209 villages were brought under the UDAs including Nizamabad Urban Development Authority, Satavahana Urban Development Authority (Karimnagar), Stambadri Urban Development Authority (Khammam) and Siddipet Urban Development Authority. Majority of the layouts were prepared after obtaining the local gram panchayat permissions and will need regularisation to be included in the master plan for these ULBs for planned development.

Following requests, the authorities issued orders and invited applications for regularisation of unauthorised layouts under LRS during October-November last year. As a result, about 17,979 applications were received and about Rs 16.01 crore were paid to the respective ULBs towards land regularisation. In view of Covid-19 pandemic, the authorities extended the deadline till September 30. But only 1,665 applications were received realising only Rs 2.16 crore towards regularisation fee.

“While many people have not utilised the opportunities, the respective ULBs also did not earn the regularisation fee on the expected lines. Hence, it was decided to conduct special LRS melas and necessary orders have been issued,” said an official in the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department.

Further, it was observed that no applications were received in the municipalities of Kalwakurthy, Nandikonda, Sadasivpet and Sathupally. The municipal commissioners concerned were asked to pay special attention to ensure maximum applications are submitted. All the municipal commissioners were warned of stringent action for showing any laxity in this regard.



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