The Telangana High Court today extended the stay on the registration of non-agricultural properties on the controversial Dharani registration portal till June 21.
A division bench of the court, headed by Chief Justice Hima Kohli, passed these orders while dealing with a batch of PILs filed on the issue.
The division bench observed that while a total of seven PILs had been filed on the issue, there was no need to hear all the petitions since they raised similar concerns regarding the land registration process. It said that it would be sufficient to hear only two PILs.
During the course of hearing, Telangana advocate general B S Prasad, representing the state government, told the bench that a cabinet sub-committee
was already looking into the problems that had cropped up on the registration portal. He then sought time to present the state government's take on the matter in a more detailed fashion.
Though the stay, one of the many delays to have marred the state's fraught transition to the new registration process, is likely to inconvenience many in the state and cause financial losses to both the people and the TRS government, the government continues to hope that it will be able to earn Rs 10,000 crore from registration of properties before the end of the current financial year.
On the other hand, the constant delays and problems that have plagued the portal since its launch have prompted many to criticise the government's decision
to introduce the new online registration system in the first place. The delays have reportedly also hit the state's real estate sector quite badly.