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Hyderabad: The joint High Court in Hyderabad on Tuesday issued orders staying the regularization of buildings and layouts in Hyderabad. While hearing a petition filed by Forum for Good Governance opposing the ongoing regularization of buildings and layouts, the court issued the interim order halting the procedure till further directions. However, the government can receive applications from builders for the regularization of their buildings and layouts pending a final decision.

Even as the Building Regularization Scheme (BRS) and Layout Regularization Scheme (LRS) are being criticized by citizens concerned about the beauty of the city, the High Court’s order came as yet another blow to the Telangana government’s efforts to give concessions to builders who violated rules with unapproved constructions all over the city. It is not only a scheme that can fill the government coffers with crores of rupees in the form of penalty levied on the builders, but it also serves the ruling party’s political purposes in the coming GHMC elections. Thousands of owners are trying to get their buildings and layouts regularized to avoid any legal issues in future.

The Forum argued that the government’s liberal stand on the illegal buildings will damage the city’s overall layout in the long run and pointed out that while the government claims to make Hyderabad a global city, how can it regularize the buildings constructed in a haphazard way. The case has been adjourned for further hearing.

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