The Telangana Government made some new changes in Layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS) in the first week of September, 2020. These changes will be applicable for all the existing unapproved plots and unapproved layouts or ventures where plots have been sold through a registered sale deed. Government stated that application for regularisation can be made through online or through Mee Seva centres. But the question here is,'' Why did the Government approve these layouts in the former times and why is it demanding the owners to regularize them now and asking for hefty cash''? Rs.1000 should be paid by the plot owner and Rs.10000 from the layout developer.
According to the new rules stated by the government if 10% open area is not available in the unapproved layout then pro-rata open charges will be charged i.e, 14% of the entire plot value with conversion charges have to be paid. Really, 14%...most of the layouts in Hyderabad don't even have 5-7% open space and they all have to now apply for regularisation. Just imagine how much money the government can make through this new scheme. If the layout developers failed to apply for regularisation by October 15, 2020 then, their layouts or ventures will be considered unauthorized and can even be demolished.
For plotting a layout certain approvals from government officials are required. Permissions from lower to higher authorities are needed. These officials ain't blind to not notice whether everything is on point to construct a perfect layout. They just grease their hands with some money and ticks in the checkbox. Why is the government not showing any interest in suspending these officials? It is the government officials then who made some great money and now it is the government's turn itself.
If the ventures or the layouts follow all instructions given by the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) and Directorate of Town and County Planning (DTCP) then there is no need of pay strapping amounts of cash. Some of the instructions which a layout should definitely follow are:
50% of the layout should be allocated for the plots.
20% should be allocated for the roads.
30% should be allocated for the amenities like parks, Club House etc .
The total number of houses in Hyderabad is 25,95,355. This list was last updated in the year 2014 (source: Deccan Chronicle). The city has seen a lot of progress in the past 6 years and as the job opportunities kept increasing. People began to invade the city in large numbers and thus the number of ventures also increased. Imagine the money the government could make with so many unauthorized and illegal layouts.
Why did the government in the first place had given approval for these layouts? Why is it demanding for such huge amounts of money now? Why didn't the government look after this issue in the past itself? Is it because of the loss of the revenue the government's facing during this lockdown period?