CASES OF plot owners discovering that although their landholdings exist in physical space they find no mention in the records are, alas, all too common. The reason is simple.
Lured by the prospect of greater profits, many colonisers carve out additional plots over and above the sanctioned number by purloining bits of land from real estate parcels in the same area.
The unsuspecting buyer learns the truth only when he applies for building permission, usually years after the land is purchased.
With the growing real estate crunch the number of such cases has increased, especially in colonies located on the Bypass where more than one coloniser is reported to be of the fly-by-night variety. The unscrupulous colonisers may, however, soon meet their comeuppance if the Town and Country Planning (T and CP) department has its way.
The department has decided that, henceforth, planning permissions will be granted only after the coloniser carries out a demarcation of the land which is then verified by the Revenue Inspector or Patwari, as the case may be.
“The coloniser will be granted a month’s time after the initial permission to demarcate the boundaries with limestone and specify the total number of plots and the size thereof. Only if he complies will a final authorisation be issued,” said Joint Director, T and CP, Vijay Sawalakar.
The Joint Director has also urged the Municipal Commissioner and the SDO (Revenue), the competent authorities for municipal and rural areas respectively, to carry out demarcation of all lands for which planning permissions have already been issued.
In a missive on Tuesday, Sawalkar urged the officials to complete the demarcation within 60 days and forward the reports to the department.
“This way we will have verified and accurate data about the plot numbers, size and area of each land parcel for which planning permissions have been issued. Once this is done we plan to post scanned copies of the site verification layout plans, along with the terms and conditions of the permission, on the departmental website. This will make the entire exercise transparent and potential buyers would be able to check all particulars before purchasing land,” he added.
The Joint Director said verification of the planning permissions would also aid the IMC in issuing building permission and Registration Department officials.
“It will also reduce to a large extent litigation caused by fuzzy data. Many times permissions are granted on land for which someone else already has authorization, as it is not always possible to replicate the plans to a 1:1 scale.
But with lime and stone boundaries on the ground, the extent of each coloniser’s landholdings will be clear at a single glance to the Revenue Inspector or Patwari,’’ concluded Sawalkar.