Bhubaneswar: In view of the overwhelming last-minute response to the Amnesty Scheme (Sarbakhyama Yojana), the Odisha government’s Housing and Urban Development Department today announced to extend the last date by another 15 days.
The Amnesty Scheme which is in force in areas under nine development authorities in the State was to expire on 5th February 2020.
The Scheme which will now end on February 20, allows residents to regularise unauthorized constructions 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.
“We are getting very good response under the Sarbakhyama Yojana. People have applied in large numbers to get the deviations corrected. We have observed that a lot of people are applying at the last moment. Since a large number of people are applying in the last moment, we are extending Sarbakhyama Yojana for another 15 days,” informed Housing and Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena here today.
The Minister, however, clarified that there would be no further extension after the end of the 15 day period.
He added that after the end of the 15-day extension action as deemed under the law will be taken against those who have not regularised deviations under the Sarbakhyama Yojana.
Worth mentioning, the Housing and Urban Development Department had in June 2018 introduced Amnesty scheme – Regularisation of Unauthorised Constructions 2018, Sarbakshama Yojana – for housing plan violations.
Later, a revised Amnesty scheme was introduced on August 06, 2019 for a period of six months until February 05, 2020, in order to help more and people apply and take benefit from the Scheme.