Illegal constructions across Maharashtra may be regularised

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 - 11:19am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

The state government is planning to regularise illegal constructions across the state from the gram panchayat (village) level to municipal corporation areas. Earlier, the state had decided to regularise such constructions only in rural areas up to January 1, 2013, deadline.

Ministers from Mumbai have demanded that the more than 4,000 buildings in the city which have been denied occupation certificates (OCs) due to rules being flouted by the builders, putting the residents to inconvenience, be regularised to prevent a recap of the Campa Cola case.

A minister said a committee had been set up under revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat at the meeting of the state cabinet on Monday. The committee will have ministers Nitin Raut, Sachin Ahir, Suresh Shetty, Hasan Mushrif and Sunil Tatkare to look into issues like regularising “illegal” constructions on land which have flouted rules on FSI, non-agricultural land and reservations.

Sources in the state cabinet said when a proposal on the regularisation of such structures in rural areas was moved before the cabinet, ministers from Mumbai and surrounding areas demanded that it also covers urban areas and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), leading to the committee being formed to handle the expanded ambit.

It is learnt that Arif (Naseem) Khan, Ahir and Shetty demanded that the around 4,000 buildings in Mumbai, which have been unable to get OCs due to builders flouting conditions be regularised.

A minister said that while residents of these buildings were compelled to pay higher rates to the BMC for sewerage and water supply, they also faced the threat of action being taken against the structures like the Campa Cola case. “So, these buildings need to be regularised... the system penalises residents more than errant builders,’ the minister added.

The cabinet reportedly saw EGS minister Raut get aggressive against deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar over delay in permissions to the Nagpur metro railway. Raut alleged that while they had not opposed the proposal for the Pune metro railway in the cabinet, the Nagpur project was being delayed in an example of step-motherly being meted out to Vidarbha. However, Pawar said he had received the file on Monday itself and Chavan informed the ministers that the Centre’s nod for the project had come only recently.

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