Notwithstanding the crackdown on registration of open plots in unapproved layouts, the registration department alleged that the municipal administration authorities have written to it to stop registrations without first providing any list of illegal layouts.The registration department is unhappy with the municipal administration wing for stalling their revenues even as the financial year is coming to a close. For instance, in Mancherial municipality, only six survey numbers were identified as illegal layouts.
But, the commissioner of Mancherial wrote to the registration department to stop registration in all unapproved layouts. The situation is almost the same in other urban local bodies.
“Before writing to us, the municipal department should have done groundwork and notify us under section 22-A of the Registration Act for prohibition of registrations apart from putting out the list of unapproved layouts on their website. Without any basic exercise, we have been asked to stop registrations. As a result, the department is losing revenue,” a registration official said.
Moreover, some developers are coming up with layout copies but there is no mechanism to check genuineness of the sanctioned layouts, the official said.
According to officials, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) had identified about 800 layouts in three districts – Rangareddy, Medak and Mahbubnagar — that came under HMDA limits a couple of years ago. Even in the list, survey numbers, layout names and promoters’ names were missing in the layout details that were posted on the authority’s website.
Besides that, the actual number of unauthorized layouts was more than what was identified. There has been no proper enforcement to stop development of layout before developers sell them to gullible people, officials point out. “There could be more than 3,000 to 4,000 unapproved layouts around Hyderabad. HMDA, which is imposing several conditions such as a minimum 40-ft road width for layout permissions without any rule in the Act, is indirectly encouraging unauthorized layouts,” S Chandrasekhar, an RTI activist, said.
Municipal administration Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar said every layout which is approved will have registration details. “All others are unauthorized. Onus is on the applicants to show the relevant papers,” he said. Architect S Ramakrishna said the state had exempted projects sanctioned prior to January 2017 from RERA, but no such exemption was given to the old layouts.