Telangana Declares New Layout Regularisation Scheme for Unapproved Plots

In order to regulate the newly established municipal corporations and municipalities, the Telangana government has ordered a new scheme for unapproved plots. The Layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS) will monitor open plots in unlicensed and illegal layouts in new municipalities. In order to implement the scheme in 73 new municipalities, Telangana has declared that the scheme will apply to the plots registered before 30 March 2018. 

Importance of the layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS) for Unapproved Plots

Regulation of unapproved layouts will authorize the applicant to acquire building permission from the Competent Authority. As per the new LRS, the time for submitting applications is set as ninety days. As initial payment with the demand, just 10% of the total amount of or Rs. 10,000 whichever is less must be paid. 

Subject to a total payment of all necessary charges by all plot holders, city services such as highways, water supply, drainage, streetlights are provided. The unapproved design areas will then be incorporated into the proposed city/town development. 

A Complete Walkthrough on Telangana Layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS)

The Municipal Admiration and Urban Development decreed that the scheme is due to begin on 15 October 2019, and applications to govern the scheme would be eligible for the next three months. Applications for urban development (GO No 251). In the case of the old municipalities, as usual, the Town and Country Planning Department will regularise them. The HMDA governs the plots in the case of municipalities and municipal corporations that fall under HMDA limits. And for other municipalities, although they will be regularised by the Director of Town and Country Planning (DTCP), the applications have to be sent to the respective civic bodies.

Only the newly formed municipalities and municipal corporations are to be impacted. For regularisation, the plots must be renewed on or before 30 March 2018, when notices are released concerning New urban local authorities (ULBs). The applications will be handled on-line under this Land Regularization Scheme (LRS). 

The water bodies, like the river or Nala, and the buffer zone Full Tank Level (FTL) of any lake, pond lands, and other prohibited categories, shall not be allowed to be used for design and growth. For locations in the vicinity of pipelines for petroleum and gas, clear space and other provisions of the respective Authority shall be complied with, in the notified Master plans and zonal development plans, with areas intended for industrial and leisure activities, waterbody, open areas.

Within 6 months from the date of payment of the full amount, the LRS approval is given. Conversion charges will be imposed on locations other than for private use, with the exception of leisure facilities, water bodies, buffer areas, and industries. Yet challenges before the Appellate Authority can be brought in the event of a denial.

Penal charges are aligned with land values and the size of the property. When open space is not accessible for parks provided, applicants must pay a reasonable open space fee. Such storage charges are paid based on the prevailing market price, as at the registration date. All the collected LRS sum would be deposited in the separate escrow account for municipal growth and will be used only to expand services in the city.

GHMC to Organise LRS MELA

On Saturday, the GHMC is organizing an LRS Mela in its zonal offices to clear old requests from people that want to regularize their home layouts. At this Mela, only those requests received and rejected before 31 December 2016 will be reexamined. The GHMC zonal agency located at the West Marredpally main road can be visited by applicants whose property is covered by the GHMC zoning area including Musheerabad, Secunderabad, Malkajgiri, Amberpet and Begumpet Circles.

In 2016, 85,313 requests were received under GHMC constraints. While hearings were conducted on 28,972 petitions, 20,502 requests were rejected and 978 applicants did not pay the appropriate charge. Reports from 28,306 applicants are incomplete. A statement issued by the GHMC stated, "Zonal town planners will make arrangements for the timely elimination of LRS applications during Mela." The public officials said the regularization will not be considered open plots situated in the lakes, water systems, Nala and the full tank level in any lake, pond, industrial areas, open spaces and entertainment in the main plans


This new Layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS) benefits the owners of the unapproved layouts, as they can come forward for regularisation, to get building permission and authorisation for civic facilities. Any layout, if failed to regularise, will be kept in the prohibited list means they will be not eligible for sale or purchase.

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By Govi