VIJAYAWADA: The sub-registrar offices in the city witnessed heavy crowds Thursday as people made a beeline for the offices to avoid the proposed 30 per cent hike in land registration charges by the revenue department, assuming that the hike would be in effect from August 1.
“We have had about 150 registrations on Tuesday and Wednesday, and close to 100 registrations Thursday. On a normal day we have 30 registrations, but with many people thinking that the price hike would be implemented from August 1, they wanted to get their registration done before it,” said K Rama Rao, sub-registrar of Patamata Circle.
One of the applicants said that it was a good time for registrations, what with ‘Sravana masam’ having just begun.
K Purushottam, a resident of Autonagar, said that he got his land registration done as he wanted to avoid the increase in charges.
The sub-registrar offices at Patamata, Gunadala and Gandhi Nagar in the city recorded about 500 registrations per day, in total, for the three days, against an average of 100 registrations on a normal day.
The situation was not much different in Krishna district either. In-charge district registrar G Srinivasa Rao said that the registration works went on till 11 pm during the last three days due to heavy turnout at the offices. He also attributed the phenomenal increase in registrations across the district to the general assumption that the hike would be effected from Friday.
“There were about 2,000 registrations per day on July 28 and 30 in Krishna district alone, and we expect the number to exceed 2,000 on July 31 as well,” Srinivasa Rao said and added that above figures were against the average of 600 registrations on a normal day in the district.