The Maharashtra government has come out with a policy to regularise unauthorised constructions across the state built before December 31, 2015. Though the policy was cleared by the cabinet on March 10, it will come into force only if approved by the Bombay high court.
Assistant government pleader Molena Thakur on Thursday submitted a copy of the policy along with a plea for the court to bring it into force. She was responding to earlier orders passed by the court on two public interest litigations relating to rampant illegal constructions in Navi Mumbai and floor-space index (FSI) violations in high-rises on Palm Beach Road.
The PILs, filed by local residents Rajesh Mishra and advocate Mayura Maru, raised concerns over rampant illegal constructions in Navi Mumbai, a satellite city developed by acquiring land from locals residents to meet the ever-increasing demand for housing and commercial space in India’s financial capital.
Acting on the PILs, the court had on July 30, 2015 ordered City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) and the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to form special squads to identify and raze illegal constructions in their areas. The court had also ordered the authorities to undertake and complete within six months a survey of all unauthorised constructions in their areas, to enable their demolition.
It was only after the authorities began pulling down illegal buildings – primarily encroachments on CIDCO and MIDC plots – that the state government decided to chalk out a policy to protect and regularise unauthorised constructions en-masse. The policy provides for regularisation of almost all types of illegal and unauthorised constructions, except those in prohibited areas, such as near rivers, canals, tanks, flood lines, defense zones, heritage buildings, jails, dumping grounds and ecologically sensitive areas.