In what is being described as the biggest regularisation exercise in the country ever, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis Saturday notified rules for legalising over 5 lakh unauthorised constructions across urban belts. The state Urban Development department has faced the Bombay High Court’s criticism over the mass regularisation plan but has gone ahead with it.
Unauthorised structures constructed before December 31, 2015, can now be legalised. The government has, however, clarified that the benefit won’t be extended to unauthorised constructions in ecologically sensitive areas such as riverbeds, canals, tanks, blue flood lines, defence lands, quarries, heritage sites, dumping grounds, mangroves, forest lands, buffer zones, etc. It has also stated that unauthorised developments in violation of land use plans in non-residential areas won’t be covered.
The move will also extend a lifeline to the 20,000 residents of Navi Mumbai’s Digha village, where the Bombay High Court had earlier ordered a demolition drive. In Thane, Mumbai’s biggest satellite town, officials said that over 1 lakh buildings have reportedly committed illegalities, while 65,000 unauthorised buildings exist in Pimpri-Chinchwad.
According to the rules, a one-time penalty will be collected from beneficiaries for regularisation in the form of compounding fee and infrastructure charges. This would be at least three times the payable development charge for the plot in question. The development charge is computed on the basis of ready reckoner rate, which is the market value for a plot as determined by the government.