Mumbai, India, May 17, 2014: President of Maharashtra state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party Devendra Fadnavis addressing to media during press conference at BJP office in Mumbai, India on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (Photo by Kunal Patil / Hindustan Times)
Mumbai, India, May 17, 2014: President of Maharashtra state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party Devendra Fadnavis addressing to media during press conference at BJP office in Mumbai, India on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (Photo by Kunal Patil / Hindustan Times)

New state policy to regularise over 2 lakh illegal constructions, says Fadnavis

Mumbai : The state government has decided to regularize all illegal constructions in urban areas across state by imposing a one-time penalty. However, criminal proceedings on developers will continue, said chief minister Devendra Fadnavis here on Friday while interacting with media after announcing the policy in the assembly.

The cabinet accepted the suggestions given by a committee that was formed to look into the illegal constructions, after this a law will be made in this regard in this budget session.

Subject to certain conditions, constructions that are carried out beyond permission will get relief from this decision. The cut-off date for the regularization of illegal constructions is December 31, 2015 and also they have to apply to the concern planning authority within the 3 months from the date of notification issued in this regard.  Except, construction which are on the prohibited land all other illegal structures can be regularize under this policy.

In case of illegal construction on plots under the ‘No Development’ zone, ‘Industrial’ zone, ‘Commercial’ zone should be first de-reserved as ‘Residential’ zone before going for the regularize and extra penalty will be incurred for this process. While, structures on the residential zone which violates norms related to the height of the building, basement area, change of use, the illegal structure can be regularize upto the maximum FSI limit of the transfer of development rights (TDR), paid floor space index (FSI) and fungible FSI to make it legal. Officials say that this rule will benefit the Campa Cola compound residents to regularize their building.

The state government had appointed a committee under MCGM commissioner in June 2014 to frame a policy to regularize all illegal structures by paying one time penalty which has come in the urban areas on the government or semi government plots. The committee has submitted a report to the government in March 2015 which recommended that all unauthorized structures can be regularize through penalty.

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Metro depot likely to be at Aarey

The CM also hinted that the metro depot may come up at Aarey. “The state has to decide whether to permit to cut 350 trees instead of 2,000 or to spend Rs 1,500 crore to save 350 trees,” he said.

The proposal sent by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) recommends a depot at Aarey but with much lesser impact on the nature, he said. “Earlier more than 2,000 trees were to be cut, but now only 350 trees need to be cut. So now we have to decide whether to spend Rs 1,500 crore to save 350 trees or we can plant 3000 trees or to permit those 350 trees?” he said.

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