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High Court notice to governments of Telangana & Andhra on illegal structures
The Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana directing them to file their counters, explaining the steps they are taking to curb the menace of illegal structures.

The bench of Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Shameem Akther, which took up the case on its own after going through reports in media that the schemes such as building regularization schemes are in fact promoting the tendency of raising illegal structures without any fear of law.

People who are affected are finding it difficult to get the errant builders and officials punished. Since the states themselves are legalizing such activities, the builders are going one step further and filing their applications seeking BRS and then they are starting the construction of patently illegal buildings, the petition says.

The bench directed civic bodies like GHMC, HMDA and others to respond. The case will be taken up after three weeks.

It is wrong to say that, the regularisation schemes are encouraging raising illegal structures. It is the fault of our law. If a notice is issued by the authorities on such structures for demolition, why courts come to the rescue of builders by giving stay orders against the demolition notices?

If the stay is given why the courts are allowing constructions? If the illegal construction notices have been issued to a building why it is allowed to be registered in semi finished or finished stage?

Also, why clauses like "Unauthorized Construction Penalty Levy" provision is allowed in municipal laws by the courts? Because of stay and penalty clauses such things are happening. The clauses in laws have to be relooked in this context by the court and make the government to bring proper building rules so that, such activities are curbed and people are not taken for a ride in the matter.

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