Odisha govtslammed for regularising unauthorised constructions
The BJP on Thursday asked whether the Odisha government is collecting “funds for election from commercial builders in the state”, following a departmental notification to ‘regularise’ unauthorised structures in commercial and private buildings in urban areas.
The Odisha government on Wednesday opened an amnesty window to regularise unauthorised constructions in urban areas of the state. Under the Housing and Urban Development Department’s (HUDD) “Scheme for Regularisation of Unauthorized Constructions, 2018”, citizens can get their unauthorised constructions regularised in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Brahmapur, Sambalpur, Paradeep, Talcher, Anugul, Kalinga Nagar, Puri and Konark.
As per an HUDD announcement, the amnesty period, which began on June 20, will continue for six months. Applications will be disposed of in 60 days. “To regularize irregularity, we have brought about this scheme”, said HUDD Minister Niranjan Pujari.
The Odisha government has said that the fines collected through this amnesty will be deposited in the Comprehensive Development Plan Infrastructure Development Fund (CDPIDF) and utilized in developing parking infrastructure in these areas.