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Amnesty scheme: HC seeks replies from civic bodies

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Cuttack: Taking up a petition challenging the Sarba Khyama Yojana (amnesty scheme) of the state government, the Orissa High Court here on Thursday issued notices to civic bodies in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

The court has asked the urban development secretary and other development authorities to submit their replies within four weeks about the amnesty scheme in which the state government has decided to regularise unapproved construction in several urban areas.

Notably, the state government had launched the Sarba Khyama Yojana 2018 to regularise unauthorised buildings and establishments in several urban areas which were constructed without the original approved plan on legal land.

Under the amnesty scheme, people can easily apply for regularisation of their unauthorized constructions subject to certain conditions. Applicants who want to avail the benefits of Sarba Khyama Yojana can submit the application forms to their concerned Housing and Urban Development Authority for approval.

However, the state government’s decision was challenged in the Orissa High Court.

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