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Bhopal civic body’s decision to legalise encroachments comes with a rider

The Bhopal Municipal Corporation’s decision to legalise encroachments by levying a 5% compounding fee comes with a rider — it is applicable for only 10% encroached areas.

bhopal Updated: Oct 06, 2016 11:03 IST
To avoid people taking advantage of this scheme, the corporation has introduced new terms of compounding, where only 10 % of illegal structures beyond the building permission will be considered.
To avoid people taking advantage of this scheme, the corporation has introduced new terms of compounding, where only 10 % of illegal structures beyond the building permission will be considered.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT file photo)

The Bhopal Municipal Corporation’s decision to legalise encroachments by levying a 5% compounding fee comes with a rider — it is applicable for only 10% encroached areas.

Compounding fees is paid by a land developer to the municipal corporation on account of deviations from the original sanctioned plan in nature of a penalty. The compounding fees of 5% is applicable for residential plots, educational land and cultural land, while 6% would be levied on compound commercial plots, shops and cinema halls.

To avoid people taking advantage of this scheme, the corporation has introduced new terms of compounding, where only 10 % of illegal structures beyond the building permission will be considered.

“This rule has been introduced to legalise only those who have encroached by mistake. Only 10% of the encroached area will be compounded. That means if a plot is of 1,000 square feet, only 100 square feet of encroachment can be legalised,” BMC commissioner Chhavi Bharadwaj said.

An estimated 80% of the people who have approached the BMC for compounding their extra constructions want to legalise the front marginal open space (MOS), whereas the rules of building permission department do not allow the encroachment of MOS at all.

“The method of compounding has only been introduced for minor encroachments which were not done out of will. If the encroachment is more than 10%, then action will be taken and it cannot be compounded. The procedure of compounding will involve certain procedures, applications, a map of the plot, and the registry of the plot. This has been done to ensure that people do not take advantage of this new scheme,” said urban development and environment department principal secretary Malay Shrivastava.

Every applicant who wants to get their structure compounded will need a no objection certificate from Nazul and Building Permissions department of BMC.