Impact fee drive fails to regularise illegal structures

The impact fee drive — to regularise illegal structures across the state under the Gujarat Regularisation of Unauthorised Development Act

Written by Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Published: August 20, 2013 5:01 am

The impact fee drive — to regularise illegal structures across the state under the Gujarat Regularisation of Unauthorised Development Act,2011 — failed to yield desired results as the government received poor response even after extending the deadline and slashing the fee thrice in the past two years.

The government introduced the Act,following a PIL pleading demolition of illegal structures.

Though further extension of deadline was ruled out,the government could not go ahead with the demolition drive as the number of illegal structures was very big. Government officials maintained that now the High Court will decide the matter.

On Monday,the last of the three deadlines,the Urban Development department was far from achieving its target of regularising 15 lakh illegal residential and commercial buildings.

“We are yet to get the final figure; the response is very poor,’’ said a top official on condition of anonymity.

Sources in the government said that the municipal corporations and urban development authorities together have been able to achieve about 25 per cent of the target.

Till August 18,the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation,the biggest in Gujarat,had received 2.16 lakh applications,of which it disposed of 1.02 lakh. So far,the income of AMC from impact fee is Rs 19.14 crore,the highest in Gujarat. Surat was second with an income of Rs 12.33 crore. Surat Municipal Corporation received 20,860 applications and disposed of 4,199.

The first deadline was August 12,2012. It was extended to February 19 and rates were slashed too,only to further extend it to August 19 by reducing the fee again.

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