KEEN TO ensure that land leased at discounted rates to employees is not palmed off for a profit, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is moving to impose hefty fines on those acquiring such properties. The fine will amount to 25 per cent of the total lease rent.
The Corporation is also mulling over a proposal to levy a flat rate of Re 1 per square feet for renewal or transfer of lease deeds where the original document is silent about the fees to be charged for these.
In a bid to end the quibbling and delays, the IMC has mooted the automatic transfer of land to the lessees’ stated heirs in case the original allottee dies before the expiry of the lease period. The successors will only have to submit proof that they were named heirs by the lessee and pay the required fees for the lease deed to be transferred to their name.
Decisions to this effect were taken at a meeting chaired by Mayor-in-Council member in-charge of Public Works Lalit Porwal yesterday. The proposals will now be forwarded to the IMC General Council for approval.
The twin moves come in the wake of a concerted bid by the civic body to streamline and regulate lease renewal and transfer agreements that have so far been dealt with on an arbitrary case-by-case basis.
Simultaneously, the IMC has embarked on computerisation of all existing lease deed records. A move Porwal believes will help the Corporation net an additional Rs 3-4 crore by helping to identify cases where the original lessees have sold off the properties to third parties.
“In thousands of cases, particularly those dating back 50 years or more, possession of the leased land has changed hands up to three or four times. But in the Corporation’s records the original allottee is still listed as the lessee,” pointed out the MiC member.
Commenting on the proposal to impose punitive measures on those sub-leasing land from IMC employees, the Public Works in-charge said trying to scare off prospective purchasers was the only deterrent available in the case of retired employees.
“However, in case an employee sub-leases the plot of land while still in service, the Corporation will deduct the fine from his provident fund payments. A five per cent fine will be levied on the heirs if the land is transferred after the employee’s demise,” he added.