Nearly 66,000 housing societies from the city will soon be able to apply for deemed conveyance and get land titles in their name. Deemed conveyance is the transfer of the title of land and building in favour of the society.
This is now possible, as Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has approved the final notification stating rules and procedure of the amended Maharashtra Ownership Flat Act.
Chavan had last month asked the housing department to finalise the rules for making the entire procedure simple and allow its implementation at the ground level.
“Chief Minister has approved the final notification stating the procedure for deemed conveyance. It is likely to be issued within a month,’’ said Nitin Kareer, secretary to the Chief Minister.
The state government had amended the Act in 2009 to ensure that societies got deemed conveyance within six months of applying for the same before the designated authorities. The amendment also includes penalty for the developer, who refuses transferring the plot to the society. However, despite the amendment, implementation was stuck due to various issues like lack of staff and tedious procedures.
Nearly 90 per cent of housing societies in Mumbai do not have deemed conveyance, which means builders keep the land title in their names.
This allows developers to have control over future development on the plot even though the flat buyers are the legal owners of the plot.
“The problem was huge because many buildings could not go in for redevelopment in absence of the conveyance,’’ said Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam, who had carried out various conventions on conveyance for housing societies. The approved rules will simplify the entire procedure for getting land conveyance. For starters, the government will be hiring more staff to act as designated authorities to speed up the process of transfer.
Societies will have to make an application to the designated authorities from the co-operation department seeking deemed conveyance with concerned papers. The authority will scrutinise the papers and direct the deputy sub-registrars to carry out the conveyance within six months.