Odisha announces amnesty scheme to regularize unauthorized buildings

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Bhubaneswar, June 20 (IANS) The Odisha government on Wednesday relaunched an amnesty scheme to regularize unauthorized constructions and projects.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Niranjan Pujari announced the latest version, titled ‘Scheme for Regularisation of Unauthorized Construction 2018’.

Under the scheme, cleared by the Planning and Building Standards Regulations, unauthorized constructions can be regularized by paying specific fees along with submission of building construction plan and fire clearance certificate.

“‘The Amnesty Scheme’ or ‘Sarbakhyama Yojana’ intends to give an opportunity to every citizen for regularizing unauthorised construction undertaken within the development area concerned, prior to the date of the commencement of the Scheme, by way of compounding on payment of fees at the rates prescribed in the scheme so as to bring it into the fold of authorized development.

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“The scheme is applicable only to such unauthorized constructions that are structurally safe and do not affect any public interest or safety or interfere with any public activities and do not contradict provisions of any other Act, Rules and Regulations, thereof,” an official statement said.

It said any citizen intending to get the unauthorized constructions regularized under this scheme shall apply to the Development Authority concerned in prescribed form accompanied with the prescribed fees.

In case of mega projects, it is mandatory for the builder to obtain infrastructure development no objection certificate (NOC) from the municipal authorities concerned.

If the applicant wants to register his house under Zero Set Back, he needs to get a NOC from his neighbour.

The application for regularization of a plot with a size up to 300 square metres will be taken for consideration in case of non-availability of NOC from the neighbour, said the release.

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Similarly, the non-high rise residential building with a size up to 300 square meters with 100 per cent ground coverage could be regularised by paying compounding fee even if there is a difference in set back and parking.

–IANS

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