Not home buyers’ fault,says mayor

Mayor Sunil Prabhu,in a deviation from BMC’s stern stance towards illegal construction,has come out in support of “innocent” home buyers.

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 1, 2013 2:04:32 am

Mayor Sunil Prabhu,in a deviation from BMC’s stern stance towards illegal construction,has come out in support of “innocent” home buyers.

Prabhu said the ruling Shiv Sena-BJP alliance in BMC opposes the civic body move to charge illegal properties thrice the amount of valued property tax. The civic administration’s decision has been based on a recent state government amendment to Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act,1888,and other local bodies in Maharashtra in 2010.

The civic body aims to implement the tax hike during October 2013-March 2014. The civic administration’s survey report on unauthorised structures in Mumbai will be put before Supreme Court on May 7.

Prabhu said the move would require approval from municipal councillors to come into effect in the city.

“We will be against the move when it comes for discussion in the corporation’s general body meeting. If a developer submits an intent of development (IOD),acquires a commencement certificate (CC) and a bank loan for the project,a buyer is led to believe the structure is genuine. In such a case,how come the buyer is responsible? It is not easy to move out of a house after it is found to be illegal,” said Prabhu.

He added that there is no opposition against the Campa Cola demolition,which has been mandated by the Supreme Court.

The mayor has advised the state to frame stricter rules for developers and architects who cheat buyers. “The government should form rules that will ensure strict action against them. The aim should be to penalise the wrong-doers and deter the growth of such constructions in the city,” said Prabhu.

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