AMARAVATI: The Planning Department identified nearly 20,000 structures as unauthorized buildings in urban civic bodies statewide during a fortnightly investigation by field crews.
The town planning department is preparing to send notices to the owners in order to obtain their clarifications and the payment of the fees required under the construction penalty scheme (RPB).

Although the program was voluntary in nature where building owners themselves had to file applications for regularization, the state government deployed planning secretaries to perform surprise inspections on all construction going on in their jurisdictions to identify unauthorized and illegal structures.
Neighborhood Planning Secretaries identified numerous illegal and unauthorized structures during the investigation. Sources said they confronted building owners to record violations and deviations.
Under the rule, planning secretaries would have to upload their findings to the Directorate of Land Use Planning (DTCP) portal which would automatically generate notices against building owners and set regularization fees.
With regularization fees ranging from several thousand rupees to a few hundred thousand rupees, property owners have approached the authorities.
“We will ask the municipal commissioners to follow the rules and identify unauthorized structures. They will have carte blanche to identify illegal structures,” said Minister of Municipal Administration Botcha Satyanarayana.