February 26, 2009 11:46:17 pm
Members of the Suryodaya co-operative housing society at Ambernath have passed a resolution to regularise alleged non-compliant land transfers. The decision was taken at the special general body meeting of the Suryodaya housing society on Sunday. The revenue department is trying to recover the amount due to the exchequer resulting from illegal transfers of plots of land.
The matter pertains to one of the biggest co-operative housing societies in Thane district that lords over 101.6 acres of prime land at Ambernath. The outcome is expected to bring a windfall to the exchequer in the district as there would be as many as 500 plots to be regularised and the recovery amount would run into several crore rupees.
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. The notices issued as per the current real estate index are in the range of Rs 15-20 lakh for a plot.
It has been unanimously decided by the members to pay as per the real estate index at the time of alleged violations and not as per the current index, said Anil Sarda chairman of the housing society. Sarda believes that doing so would rationalize the exorbitant amounts claimed by the revenue department.
For instance,plots that were transferred in 80s when the prices were below Rs one lakh would attract a recovery of 75 per cent of that amount. It includes 50 per cent unearned income and 25 per cent penalty, said Sarda. He added that if the same is calculated as per the present property price index then it would be exorbitant.
Most of the alleged violations took place under the aegis of the previous committee whose members have been issued notices for recovery by assistant registrar of co-operative. It had caused loss of revenue to the state to the tune of Rs 4.77 crore for the period 1999-2005.
Members of the Suryodaya Co-operative housing society at Ambernath who had received notices from revenue department had got reprieve as Thane collector decided put it on abeyance and explore extending an regularisation scheme. 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 6 February,2009.
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