Kerala government has extended the deadline for filing applications for regularisation of unauthorised constructions across the State. The State government amended rules providing relaxation in compounding fees to regularise illegal constructions under Kerala Municipality Building (Regularisation of Unauthorized Construction) Rules, 2018, and Kerala Panchayat Building (Regularization of Unauthorized Construction) Rules. The decision was taken considering the tepid response for the scheme.
Officials have shared that the State government had set May 20, 2018 as the deadline for submission of the application for regularisation. Now, considering the poor response, the government has decided to extend the scheme till November 16, 2018. Earlier, a four-member expert committee defined hefty penalties on regularisation of unauthorised properties.
In Thiruvananthapuram, only 30 applications have been received. However, all received applications have been rejected as they have been submitted in the wrong format. Some of them have been cancelled on the grounds of violation of the Wetland Act and Coastal Regulation Zone Act. In Kozhikode, 15 applications have been filed til date. In 2017, a total of 821 unauthorised constructions regularised in panchayat areas in Kerala.
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