Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government is unlikely to extend the last date of the Amnesty Scheme, which allows the residents to regularise unauthorized constructions.
It is ending on February 5.
The Housing and Urban Development Department has informed that the existing Amnesty Scheme expires on February 5 in areas under nine development authorities in the state.
The existing scheme is in force in Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), Cuttack Development Authority (CDA), Rourkela Development Authority (RDA), Talcher-Angul-Mermunduli Development Authority, Berhampur Development Authority, Sambalpur Development Authority, Puri-Konark Development Authority, Kalinga Nagar Development Authority and Paradip Development Authority.
According to a senior official from the Housing and Urban Development Department, enforcement activities will be carried out extensively from February 6 onwards and the authorities concerned will initiate action against those found guilty under the Orissa Development Authority (ODA) Act 1982.
In June 2018, the Housing and Urban Development Department had introduced amnesty scheme – Regularisation of Unauthorised Constructions 2018 (Sarbakshama Yojana) – for housing plan violations within BDA area.
Later, the BDA again introduced the revised Amnesty scheme on August 6, 2019, for a period of six months until February 5, 2020, to help more and people apply and take benefit of the scheme.
“So far, we have received around 3, 900 applications with two weeks to go for the deadline to expire,” BDA Planning Member Gouri Shankar Bhuyan informed.