Members of the Suryodaya Co-operative housing society at Ambernath who had received notices from the revenue department have got reprieve as Thane collector has decided put it on abeyance.
Decision to this effect was taken during a meeting of Thane collector,Abhasaheb Jarhad,and the society office bearers in the presence of deputy speaker of the Legislative Council Vasant Dawkhare on Feb 6.
The matter pertains to one of the richest and biggest co-operative housing societies in Thane district that lords over 101.6 acres of prime land at Ambernath. The revenue department is trying to recover the amount due to the exchequer resulting from illegal transfers of plots of land. The collectors office which had earlier issued notice seeking payment as per the present market value made an offer for applying property index prevalent during the transfer of plot, said Anil Sarda chairman of the housing society.
The ball is now in the societys court as it has to gain the confidence of the members who have to decide whether they want to pay as per the offer made by the collector or not. It is on the decision of the society members that the revenue department may explore extending an amnesty scheme, said Dawkhare. He added that till the time society reaches a decision the notices issued to the members will be kept in abeyance.
Sarda said that a special general body meeting of the housing society has been convened on February 22 wherein the offer made by the collector will be discussed threadbare. The occupants of the plots who have purchased without approval of collector despite being members are illegal. This would be an opportunity for them to regularise their ownership through a one time payment, said Sarda.
Government demands 50 per cent of the prevalent property index,during transfer of plots as unearned income. However factoring the illegality of the transfers it would further attract a fine of 50 per cent on the unearned income thus pushing the government share to 75 per cent of the then property index. It was due to rampant irregularities in the transfer of plots that the assistant registrar of the cooperative societies issued notices to recover Rs 4.77 crore due to the government from the then office bearers of the housing society.