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State to hike rent of properties leased during British Raj

The state government on Tuesday decided to hike the rent of its land leased to private properties during the British period and said the lease duration will not be more than 30 years.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Mumbai |
October 10, 2012 3:59:47 am

The state government on Tuesday decided to hike the rent of its land leased to private properties during the British period and said the lease duration will not be more than 30 years.

Addressing mediapersons after the weekly Cabinet meeting,CM Prithviraj Chavan said there are several properties on government land given on long lease by the British for 50,99 and 999-year periods. “Some have expired in the 1970s and 90s and amount of rent needs to be reviewed when they come up for renewal. In Colaba area of south Mumbai,government gets a Rs 17.71 as rent for a 570 sq m land while for a 3,070 sq m land,the rent is only Rs 74.49 annually. This is not acceptable,” Chavan said.

The state government had decided to hike the rent through a Cabinet decision but it was challenged in the court and the government had to go through litigation process. “In 2006,the Cabinet withdrew its 1999 decision. But today we are revisiting that decision.”

Chavan said there are 1,282 properties on lease in Mumbai city,of which the lease of 517 has expired,while in the suburbs there are 295 properties and the lease of 149 has expired.

“The hike in rent will be according to the ready reckoner price of the year when the lease is renewed,” he said,adding that the long lease will not be extended to more than 30 years.

There will also be an option to convert the lease into occupancy class II ownership on payment of a percentage of the prevailing market rates. The option will be available to those whose lease has expired or will expire in the next 10 years.

‘White paper on irrigation is a commitment’

Rejecting speculation that senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar’s meeting with him was a pressure tactic to stop inquiry concerning irrigation projects,Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday said bringing out a white paper is a commitment.

Chavan made the statement after the weekly Cabinet meeting here. “We are a coalition and discussions between two parties are normal course. There is a mechanism of co-ordination,” he added.

Asked about criticism that the white paper will not yield any substantial result to pinpoint accountability for irregularities in the department,Chavan replied,“That is your view.”

To a query on reports that Pawar was not answering his calls a few days before quitting ministerial posts,he said,“That’s not true. He was unwell.”

On the issue of opposition to opening of the new legislature building in Belgaum on October 11,Chavan said,“I have taken up the matter with appropriate authorities.”

Shift out of forest reserves,get compensation: Chavan

The Maharashtra cabinet approved on Tuesday a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to families in core areas of forest reserves willing to shift to avoid man-animal conflict.

So far,eight villages had been relocated and 500 sq km included in reserve land,Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told the media after the weekly cabinet meeting here.

There are 215 villages and 9,617 families in six national parks and 41 forest reserves in the state. The villages had suffered crop loss and human casualty due to man-animal conflict,CM said.

Of the Rs 10 lakh,Rs 5 lakh would be deposited in accounts of beneficiaries in nationalised bank and the remaining used to purchasing homes and farms,Chavan said.

With the decision,villages in Sahyadri Tiger Reserve,Navegaon National Park and Tipeshwar Sanctuary will get a rehabilitation opportunity.

CM said rehabilitation would be done only where gram sabhas give approvals. “So,there is no question of force,” he said. The cabinet also decided to convert a loan of Rs 344 crore given to Maharashtra Forest Development Corporation to equity.

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