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BRS, LRS applications only online

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HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will use Google maps and other satellite imagery to determine whether a particular building existed prior to October 28, 2015 or not before regularizing unauthorized buildings, GHMC commissioner B Janardhan Reddy said.

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, the commissioner said that applications for Building Regularization Scheme (BRS) and Layout Regularization Scheme (LRS) would be accepted only online to put an end to the system of brokers taking advantage of the applications and stem other malpractices. The applicants can log on to website and apply for the regularization scheme, he said.

He said that the applicants have to upload all the relevant documents such as sale deed, plans, photographs, market value certificates, structural stability and indemnity bond along with the application. The commissioner said about 35,000 LRS and another 4,000 BPS applications are pending with the municipal corporation. The pending applicants have to apply afresh for the regularization schemes and have to pay the penal fees as per the new fixed amounts. However, the amount paid earlier would be adjusted now, the commissioners said. Those applications kept in abeyance under the previous scheme for want of No Objection Certificate (NOC) from fire services department, have to produce the certificate and apply again.

He said the buildings and plots on the lake beds, sikham lands and other prohibited locations would not be considered for regularization schemes, he said.

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School for minorities to replace race course

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HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Race Club is set to gallop into history anytime soon. Chief minister Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday announced that the race course would be shifted from Malakpet and on its land, the government will build residential schools for children of minority communities.

It may be recalled that only recently commercial taxes minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav had said that the government had plans to take over the Hyderabad Race Club. Yadav made known the takeover plan following raids by his department on some of the HRC officials and recovery of Rs 51 lakh from six licensed bookies. The race course and its affiliated facilities are spread over 127 acres and the current market value of the land is believed to be about Rs 1,000 crore.

Addressing a meeting where he reviewed minority welfare measures with deputy chief minister Md Mahmood Ali and others at his office in the Secretariat, the chief minister further said the government would construct similar residential schools on the premises of the Chenchalguda jail, which too will be shifted to another location. According to the Chief Minister’s Office, Chandrasekhar Rao was of the opinion that in view of the presence of large number of children from the minority communities in the city, residential schools for them needed to be larger and would require more land and hence the decision to build them on the race course and Chenchalguda jail premises.

In all, the government plans to construct 60 residential schools for minorities in the state of which 30 would begin functioning from the next academic year. For the first year, these schools would function from rented premises and from the second year, move into their own buildings, the chief minister said.

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