The Gujarat Governor, Dr Kamla, has given the state a ‘Diwali gift’ by approving the Gujarat Regularisation of Unauthorized Development Bill-2011 (commonly known as the Impact Fee Bill), thus turning it into law.
The new law will benefit nearly 15 lakh unauthorised residential and commercial buildings in the state which can now be regularised after charging an Impact Fee from the building owners. Of the 15 lakh unauthorized structures in the state, 5 lakh are in Ahmedabad alone. Sources in the state legal department confirmed that the Governor had signed the bill and sent it to the state government for further action. The state government received an official communication from the Raj Bhavan in this regard on Wednesday.
Earlier, the bill was passed by the state assembly on March 28 during the budget session this year but the governor had returned the bill with some queries about fixing the responsibility and failure to mention a cutoff date for regularising the structures.
While returning the bill for reconsideration, the Governor had said that her objection to the bill was that there were no transparent provisions to ensure that illegal construction in urban areas will not recur after payment of the fine. She had also asked for a cut-off date for regularisation of unauthorized structures.
The state government again tabled the bill with some amendments on September 26 during the recently concluded monsoon session of the assembly. The governor finally approved the bill and the Raj Bhavan sent a communication in this regard to the state government on Wednesday.
The government has fixed the cut-off date for regularization of unauthorized structures as March 28, 2011. Unauthorised construction that has taken place after this date will not be regularized under any circumstances.