After flop show,impact fee cut by 90%

In a desperate move to make the controversial Gujarat Unauthorized Development (Regularization) Act,2011,successful,the state government has decided to reduced the “impact fee”to be paid by owners of unauthorised properties to get these regularised almost by 90%,as per changes announced on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Published: June 2, 2012 4:36 am

In a desperate move to make the controversial Gujarat Unauthorized Development (Regularization) Act,2011,successful,the state government has decided to reduced the “impact fee”to be paid by owners of unauthorised properties to get these regularised almost by 90%,as per changes announced on Friday.

The move comes following a tepid response from the property owners towards the “impact fee” regime introduced on February 18,2012.

Now,the “impact fee” an owner of unauthorised property has to pay will be less than 10% what he was required to pay earlier for the same property.

Also,the state government has now decided to charge a flat “impact fee” rather than calculating it as per jantri rates,which are official assessment of a real estate property.

In another relief,different rates for commercial and residential constructions have been done away with. Now,uniform rates will apply for both kinds of properties.

As per the new notification,for an illegal construction up to 50 square metres on CG Road in Ahmedabad,a person would be required to pay Rs 25,000. Earlier,he was required to pay 60 per cent of the property’s value as per jantri rate,which is around Rs 5,500-6,800 per square feet for CG road. This means he would have been required to pay Rs 6 lakh to get his property regularised.

Announcing the changes,state’s Urban Development Minister Nitin Patel said the new decision was taken on the basis of feedback from local authorities across the state.

“As per new norms,eight no-objection certificates that were to be attached along with the application form will not be mandatory,” the minister added.

According to an estimate,there are around 15 lakh illegal constructions in the state at present.

The deadline for applications seeking regularisation of properties is July 2012,but sources said it could be extended for another six months.

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