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In poll year, state govt looks at sops for illegal constructions

The panel has recommended a penalty equal to one-time property tax for the structures for their regularisation.

A cabinet sub-committee, led by Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, has recommended regularisation of all unauthorised constructions across the state, except Mumbai, that have come up on or before Janaury 31, 2013, and fall within stipulated norms.

The election-year relief would grant legal status to lakhs of unauthorised constructions in Thane, Pimpri- Chinchwad, Pune, Bhiwandi, Badlapur, Vasai-Virar, Mira Bhayander and Navi Mumbai, among other areas.

The panel has recommended a penalty equal to one-time property tax for the structures for their regularisation. Besides the property tax, existing norms for regularisation state that the government should collect twice the property tax amount as penalty.

Though regularisation has been ruled out for unauthorised constructions that violated building and development control regulations, the panel has proposed to extend cover against legal proceedings for such structures by proposing their compounding.

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The panel has said that the government should recover twice the property tax amount as annual penalty from such structures. The state’s urban development department has been asked to formulate the extent of relaxation that could be granted for compounding these structures. Those structures not falling within this limit are proposed to be demolished.

Chavan appointed the panel on January 20 to review a proposal by Urban Development Department, which talked of creating a task force at collector and sub-division levels to rein in illegal constructions and collection of development charges as per market rates for such structures.

First published on: 31-01-2014 at 03:05 IST
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