Last Chance To Regularise Unauthorised Layouts Under TN Govt Scheme
The Housing and Urban Development Department of the Tamil Nadu government launched an amnesty scheme on May 4 last year under which plots in an unapproved layout, spanning both rural and urban areas across the state, could be regularised.
There are an estimated 14 lakh unapproved plots in Tamil Nadu and have come into possession of buyers who are unaware of the consequences of owning these. Regularisation will protect the interest of these buyers by providing them access to essential infrastructure. So far, about 40 per cent of unauthorised plots have been regularised under this scheme.
Property owners have time till November 3 to avail of the benefits under the scheme and avoid penalty.
About the scheme
The regularisation scheme was launched by the Tamil Nadu government after notifying the Tamil Nadu Regularisation and Unapproved Layout and Plot Rules 2017. This was done after the Madras high court imposed a ban in September 2016 on registration of unapproved plots in the state and asked the government to frame rules and procedures. The ban was later lifted. As per a government order, an amendment was made to rules and the period of the scheme was extended from one year to 18 months.
As per the regulation, individual owners and layout promoters of unauthorised plots are required to apply for regularisation. Properties fall under two categories - ones which come under the purview of the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CDMA) and those under the purview of the Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP).
Initially, the scheme failed to garner responses from property owners owing to factors such as lack of awareness in localities under DTCP, high penalty amount as well as the complex processing of applications in areas under CDMA. So far, about 5.5 lakh plots and layout frameworks had been registered with as many as five lakh applications from DTCP areas.
The confusion also arose due to stark differences in the regularisation process under CDMA and DTCP. For instance, an owner of an unapproved plot in CDMA area has to furnish the layout framework for the entire layout where it is located.
Unapproved layouts are eligible for regularization if a part or all the plots have been sold through a registered sale deed as on October 20, 2016. Also, all the sold and unsold plots are eligible for regularization if at least one part of the total number has been through a registered sale deed on or before October 20, 2016. Plot owners or layout promoters must furnish copies of sale deed or title deed as proof for the sold plots. Agreement for sale or General Power of Attorney would not be considered.
The government has ruled that properties will lose access to utilities like power connection, water supply, drainage and sewage facilities if they are not regularised before the mentioned date. Furthermore, Building Plan approval cannot be given by the authorities for unapproved plots. Post the deadline, registration of these unapproved plots for the transfer of ownership will not be entertained.
Step 1: It is compulsory for plot owners to apply for regularisation. They can submit an online application, in Form-I, by accessing the government website: http://www.tnlayoutreg.in/ and getting themselves registered.
Step 2: Applicant must select the category as applicable viz. ‘regularisation of plot in a layout’, regularisation of plot in a sub-division, or ‘regularisation of layout’. He or she must duly fill the application form and proceed for the payment.
Step 3: A scrutiny fee of Rs 500/- per unsold plot must be paid online by the applicant, by choosing the appropriate payment mode.
Step 4: After the confirmation of the payment, the applicant should collect the registration slip which needs to be produced along with the hard copies of documents viz. Sale Deed, Patta, etc. and submit them to the concerned competent authority.
The scheme had been extended thrice since it was launched. As per media reports, authorities are considering another extension for the scheme.