VMC May Regularise Lease Breaches

Survey finds most of the civic body’s properties are leased out to third parties in violation of rules

Published: 02nd March 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd March 2015 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

VMC May Regularise

VIJAYAWADA:The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) is planning to give a tit-for-tat to those who have sublet a portion or the entire plot of the VMCs’ properties to the third parties, without its consent, by giving an option of regularising the breach for the lessees.

According to the VMC officials, there are as many as 60 Corporation complexes in the city and a majority of these shops have been given on lease to third parties, without prior permission from the civic body. Following this, the VMC officials decided to conduct a survey for Aadhaar linkage to find out the lessees and defaulters of lease dues. “During the survey, we will find out the third parties who have sublet the Corporation-owned properties and we will facilitate them by regularising the lease agreement with the tenants after recovering the dues. According to the rules, the lessees have three months to notify the VMC of their intention to enter into a sub-lease agreement and pay the premium. If any sub-leasing is carried out without notifying us, we have right to cancel the lease for violating the terms,” explained VMC Commissioner G Veerapandian.

In addition to this, the civic body is also mulling to stretch its hand against the lease defaulters of Corporation complexes by issuing legal notices to them and not allowing them for renewal until they pay the dues.

“We also focused on the defaulters of Corporation properties, who are not paying the lease amount to the corporation, but running their shops. They have to renewal every three years by paying one-third hike in the amount,” he said.

According to official sources, 50 per cent of the lease holders are approaching court to continue in the place by paying the lease with just one-third hike, as the court had given permission for the long standing leaseholders to continue in the past by paying lease amount with just one-third hike in every three years. “How is it possible to make them allow by paying not even half of the market value as lease amount and the court had given permission only for the long-standing leaseholders in the past, but not for the new ones who have not completed a minimum of 8 years. The Congress regime was the main reason for the situation, as it had neglected revenue generation sources for the past 10 years,” said Mayor Koneru Sridhar.

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