Apply for Akrama-Sakrama from March 23

The State government will start accepting applications for the regularisation of unauthorised development or construction of structures in urban areas (popularly known as Akrama-Sakrama scheme) from March 23. The last date of filing applications seeking regularisation is March 22, 2016.


Much awaited by people across the State in urban areas, the scheme will see the regularisation of structures and constructions with building violations of up to 50 per cent on or before October 19, 2013. 

The regularisation will include the violations in land use, unauthorised layouts and sites, setback violations and Floor Area Ratio (FAR) violations. While violations up to 50 per cent are considered in case of residential buildings, the deviations in non-residential buildings can be regularised for up to 25 per cent.

The applications for the purpose of regularisation of building structures will be available with the urban local bodies (ULBs) and corporations. Those for regularisations for land use and unauthorised layouts will be available at the office of the respective urban development authority.

Regularisation 

The one-time regularisation will be done based on self declaration by the owner/owners of the unauthorised structure. The applications will be processed on a first-come-first-served-basis. 

Acknowledgments will be issued on the spot. Inspections will be conducted before proceeding further. In case the application is rejected, the money paid will be refunded within 60 days from the date of application.

If the owner has violated all the regulations then he or she will have to first regularise the land use and later apply for regularising the unauthorised construction at the sub-division before seeking regularisation of the building violations.

Software sought

The Urban Development Department (UDD) has sought the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to develop a software for the purpose of updating their database on processing of Akrama-Sakrama applications. Officials in the UDD say that the NIC had been asked to develop the software to keep track of the violations, the extent of the violations and the kind of violations reported by every applicant. 

The software will also generate an acknowledgment for the applicant, who can later keep track of the application status online. However, the applications will have to be submitted in person along with the relevant documents of the property. The prescribed fee has to be paid by way of a demand draft.

Speaking to the media, Urban Development Department Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake said that the government was yet to take a call on whether builders and developers need to be held responsible for the purpose of the violations.On whether the government would order demotion of buildings with more than 50 per cent violations,  Sorake said that it had been planned to give time to the violators before initiating action against them.

The UDD has said that the ULBs would spend 50 per cent of the penalty for developing parks and open spaces and the balance for infrastructure development.

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