Telangana government on Friday reduced the amount of penalty for regularizing government land encroached by private individuals in Hyderabad city. The move came in the wake of poor response to the land regularization scheme and several representations to the government from potential beneficiaries seeking reduction in the penal amount.
Modifying the order (GO MS no. 59) issued on December 31, 2014, the government on Friday issued orders changing the penal charges for land regularization.
With regard to regularization of land up to 125 square yards, it would be done without collecting any penal amount. However, if a case comes up in a notified slum where more than 125 sq yards are sought to be regularized, the applicant will have to pay 10 per cent of the registration fee for the excess land. No more than 150 square yards will be allowed to be regularized in notified slums.
Relief has been given to some other categories. For encroachments up to 250 square yards, it would be regularized by collecting 25 per cent of the registration value of the land as on June 2, 2014, as against 50 per cent of the value fixed earlier.
Those who have encroached up to 500 square yards have to pay 50 per cent of the basic value of the land. As per the earlier GO, they had to pay 75 per cent of the value.
The encroachments above 500 square yards would now be regularized on payment of 75 per cent of the basic value, while the penal amount was 100 per cent of the basic value earlier.
In urban areas, families having an annual income of Rs 2 lakh would be considered as BPL. And 10 per cent of the basic value of land would be collected while regularizing the encroachment between 126 and 150 square yards in notified slums. In areas other than notified slums, 25 per cent of the basic value of land would be collected for the same.
The modified GO said that the applicant should pay 25 per cent of the total payable amount in two installments. The last date for payment of the first installment as well as submission of application is February 28, while the second installment can be paid on or before April 15.
The remaining 75 per cent of the payable amount can be paid in three equal installments. The last date for payment of the first installment is June 30, while it is September 30 for the second installment. The applicant should pay the final installment on or before December 31.
A concession of five per cent would be given to those who would pay the entire payable amount at the time of submission of application. The amount already paid hitherto will be adjusted towards the immediate next installment.