By Accommodation Times News Services
Government has proclaimed regularisation of illegal buildings in urban areas, the decision was taken by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the Assembly meeting, where Pimpri-Chinchwad MLAs Laxman Jagtap and Mahesh Landge raised the issues related to demolition drive carried out in PMC for destroying illegal buildings.
Fadnavis said that his government had already accepted, “in-principle”, an expert panel report for regularisation of such structures. A formal decision will be announced by the end of April. As per the sources, around 2 lakh unauthorised buildings in Maharashtra are expected to be legalised.
Earlier, in June 2014, the Congress-NCP led state government had appointed a high-level panel headed by Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte to look into the issue of dealing with unauthorised structures in urban areas.
Responding to a Calling Attention motion in the Assembly on Wednesday, Fadnavis said the panel’s recent report had been accepted in principle. “The law and judiciary department has suggested some amendments. The revenue department will submit its feedback within a week. The state cabinet will take a formal decision within 15 days,” said the CM.
Official sources said that the report has recommended a one-time penalty for irregular structures that have committed zoning and floor space index (FSI) violations. The panel has said illegal constructions on land reserved for public purposes would not be tolerated.
Ironically, Fadnavis had lashed out at the erstwhile Congress-NCP regime for “shielding” unauthorised constructions when he was an Opposition legislator.
The Bombay High Court had earlier ordered the demolition of these structures.