More than 20 years later, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has revised the fine imposed on illegal constructions on properties leased out by the civic body. The BMC has proposed a massive hike in the old fine and the amount is set to increase by 10% every year. Until today, the civic body was collecting fines from illegal constructions as per the resolution of Improvement Committee dated March 23, 1993. Once the new proposal is cleared on June 18, the fines will be five to ten times more than the old amount.
Unlike before, the lease owner cannot claim that the structure has been regularised after paying the fine. The lease owner will now have to follow the rules of Building department before regularising the structure, six months after paying the fine.
"We had received a number of complaints about the illegal constructions on the leased properties, so we wanted to revise the fine imposed on them," said Dyanmurti Sharma, member of Improvement Committee. The BMC has around 4076 leased plots, over 551 hectares. After revision the fines are now Rs5000 to Rs50,000 for constructions without prior permission from BMC. For illegal construction the fines are now Rs125/sqm for domestic use, Rs200/sqm for commercial use and Rs 300/ sqm to Rs3000/sqm for industrial use. Profitable illegal constructions on leased land will be fined between Rs1.25 lakh to Rs4.50 lakh while for for demolition of any construction on leased property without an NOC, fines will be Rs5 lakh for 500 sqm and Rs50,000 for every additional 50 sqm.