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Forest land issue: Panel suggests regularisation

india Updated: Mar 24, 2009 01:22 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh
Zeeshan Shaikh
Hindustan Times
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The Central Empowered Committee is likely to submit its recommendations to the Supreme Court asking for regularisation of all flats built before June 26, 2006, after paying nominal afforestation fees.

The committee has been set up by the Supreme Court to monitor and ensure the compliance of its orders on forest land issue. “The committee has assured us that it will allow regularisation of all flats constructed before June 26, 2006, which have completion or occupation certificate after paying a fee,” said Prakash Padikkal, chairman, Hill Side Resident Welfare Association.

As per the directives, the afforestation fees work out to Rs 8 lakh to Rs 12 lakh per hectare on developed land. Individual flat owners may have to pay between Rs 8 and Rs 10 per sq ft to get their flats regularised. Builders whose projects are underway will have to pay afforestation charges 10 to 20 times higher than residents.

“The committee will hold the hearing for two more days,” said Anmol Bhushan, president, People’s Power of Nation.