Telangana issues SOPs for e-auction of vacant lands

By   |  Published: 10th Jun 2021  11:56 pm

Hyderabad: The State government on Thursday issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for disposing of vacant government land parcels under the control of various departments and not required for any immediate public purposes. The land parcels are in prime locations and prone to encroachments.

The SOPs were issued for smooth conduct and timely execution of sale deeds and also to get fair market value. A decision on SOP was taken during a meeting convened by Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar on March 19, 2021, to dispose of unutilised land parcels in various departments through an e-auction to realise competitive rates.

According to the SOPs, District Collectors must ensure that the lands are litigation-free and demarcated. Accelerated and time-bound approval and change of land use must be ensured apart from declaring the assets as “multipurpose use” lands and notifying them under appropriate zoning.

Accelerated and time-bound approval of the layout by HMDA/GHMC and automatic incorporation in their master plan should be ensured apart from giving all clearances through TS-bPASS.

The Fire NOC and EC/CFE by the departments concerned must be given within seven days from the date of the application filed through TS-bPASS. The nodal department be delegated powers to approve special terms and conditions and tentative schedule for the e-auction. Also, the nodal department/agency be delegated for fixing of upset price duly considering the prevailing market rates with due diligence and be permitted to engage consultants, if required, to arrive at a reasonable upset price. It also be authorised to issue notification and further proceedings at timely intervals upon identification of saleable land bank duly analysing the market trends and demand.

Permission must be given to engage MSTC (a Central government agency) as a service provider to conduct the e-auction. The nodal agency must be permitted to take assistance of private market agency for outreach as required and arrange site visits and coordination besides setting up a site office as per the requirement and establishing an e-auction cell.

A committee must be constituted at the nodal department under the Principal Secretary to Government concerned to finalise bids and approve. Execution of the conveyance deed and handing over of the possession of the auctioned land to the successful bidder should be done within three weeks from payment by District Collectors.

The following committees may be constituted for taking up the process for sale of government land parcels through the e-auction. A steering committee headed by the Chief Secretary will review the status of progress and issue suitable instructions to the concerned for timely implementation. It will meet every fortnight for monitoring and guidance.

The lands committee will ensure that litigation-free lands are made available for sale/auction. The approval committee will ensure development of lands and preparation of layouts with proper boundaries before the e-auction.

All approvals i.e. building permission, electricity, fire, CLU and PCB should be given through TS-bPASS only. Every department should give approvals/clearance within seven days under TS-bPASS. The lands on auction should automatically be declared as ‘multipurpose use’ property.

Water and power without any additional charges should be provided on the request of the nodal agency. The HMDA/GHMC should incorporate the layouts in the master plan apart from realigning any land or plot and approving layouts before the e-auction notification without levying any charges.

Any masterplan road passing through the lands has to be realigned. The auction committee will take up the process of preparing the layout for the identified lands and coordinate with the stakeholders concerned for the purpose from time to time.

The nodal department appointed for the disposal of land parcels is delegated the following powers – fixing the upset price and issuing notifications and further proceedings; giving permissions to engage MSTC as service provider to conduct the e-auction. It is permitted to utilise two per cent of the sale proceeds towards the reimbursement of expenditure incurred towards taking up minimal development of the sites, notification and publicity charges, printing of brochures, collaterals, marketing including arranging site visits etc.

It is permitted to pay service and other charges to MSTC from the sale proceeds and constitute a committee for finalising bids (single bid) and approving special terms and conditions apart from preparing a tentative schedule for the e-auction.

Key guidelines

  • District Collectors must ensure lands are litigation-free and demarcated
  • They must be declared “multipurpose use” lands
  • Fire NOC and EC/CFE be given by depts concerned within 7 days from the date of application filed through TS-bPASS
  • Nodal department be delegated powers to approve special terms and conditions, and tentative schedule for e-auction
  • MSTC (a Central government agency) be engaged as service provider for e-auction
  • Any masterplan road passing through these lands has to be realigned
  • Successful bidder be handed over possession of the land within 3 weeks from payment by District Collectors

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