In a move that may benefit people living in controversial Campa Cola building and buildings in Digha in Navi Mumbai, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday announced a policy under which illegal constructions that have come up before December 31, 2015 will be regularised.
While unauthorised buildings in urban areas such as Thane, Nashik and Pimpri-Chinchwad will get relief, those living in forest areas on the border of Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) will not be covered.
The CM said the government was forced to take the decision to safeguard the interest of residents living in illegal buildings. “We have informed the HC about the decision, as some cases are pending in courts. The court had directed to get the policy approved by the cabinet,” he said.
“The policy has a provision to change the reservation in the development plan. In some cases, the policy will allow changes to the DCR to use incentives such as fungible FSI to regularize the constructions,” he said.
Interacting with the media later, Fadnavis said violations within permissible limits could be regularised. “Unauthorised constructions in prohibited areas will not be regularised. After fulfillment of certain conditions, unauthorised constructions will be regularised. If reservation on the said land can be transferred in a 200-m radius with the consent of the owner, less important reservations can be lifted easily,” said Fadnavis in the Assembly, adding illegal constructions on land belonging to the Centre, state and local corporations will not be regularised without their consent.
Housing expert Chandrashekhar Prabhu cautioned the government to make a proper master plan before going ahead with the regularisation plan to ensure haphazard growth is not allowed.
Lately, the unauthorised buildings in Digha were in the news, as thousands of families were on the verge of being homeless, after the local planning body, Cidco and MIDC, planned demolition of about 90 buildings. There are similar examples across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
“The buildings in Digha will be regularised. We are not sure about Campa Cola. Even after the state government’s decision, regularisation will happen only after the local body gives its consent,” said a senior bureaucrat.
The state government proposes strict action to prevent illegal constructions in the future. “Necessary amendments will be made to the municipal acts based on the recommendations of the committee,” the bureaucrat said.