Odisha Government mulls amnesty scheme for illegal buildings in State

With illegal constructions thriving in urban pockets across State, Odisha Government is mulling to  introduce an amnesty scheme to regularise unauthorised residential as well as non-residential constr

Published: 14th June 2018 05:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th June 2018 05:30 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: With illegal constructions thriving in urban pockets across State, Odisha Government is mulling to introduce an amnesty scheme to regularise unauthorised residential as well as non-residential constructions in areas under the civic bodies by imposing certain amount of compounding fee.

As per the draft prepared by Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) Department, the amnesty scheme will be  known as ‘Scheme for regularisation of Unauthorised Construction-2018’. Illegal constructions will be regularised by levying additional compounding fee against the existing charges.For unauthorised constructions in Municipal corporation areas, the compounding charges will be 1.4 times more than the existing rate. Likewise, owners have to pay 1.3 times more than the existing fee in Municipalities, 1.2 times more in NACs and 1.1 times more for buildings fixed by development authorities in rural areas.

In case of regularisation of plots with a size up to 100 square metres with maximum built up area of 150 square metre, a lump sum compounding fee of `20,000 will be charged.For non multi-storied and multi-storied buildings -- residential as well as commercial -- there may be some relaxation if they meet certain planning norms.

Sources said, to roll out the scheme, views of other departments concerned have already been sought and it will be finalised by June end. Once the scheme is notified, the State Government will provide six months time period to allow unauthorised buildings to get approval for regularisation. Owners, who have flouted norms and intended to get their unauthorised building regularised, will have to apply before the development authorities concerned in their region with the fees to be prescribed in Odisha Development Authorities Common Application Form.

Applicants would be required to submit four copies of building plans as per actual construction site showing site plan, layout plan, floor plan, four side elevations, drainage and sewerage disposal plan duly signed by the plot owner or development authority and the architect or technical persons as per the provisions of planning  and building standards regulations of respective development  authorities. They would also be required to submit ownership copy of the land, site inspection report, fire safety clearance, structural safety clearance and other necessary clearances.

The draft, however, says there will be restrictions on regularisation where the construction has been taken up on government land or land belonging to local body, constructions undertaken over public or private road, natural drainage, channel or drainage proposed in the development  plan, violation of height restriction notified by the airport authorities and where the applicants fail to bring NOCs from the concerned  authorities.

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