Maharashtra set to regularise illegal houses

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 02, 2015 16:06 IST

More than two lakh illegal residential structures across Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Pune and other big cities in the state could be a regularised with the government imposing hefty fines on the owners.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who made the announcement in the assembly on Wednesday, said a plan is being formulated to regularise illegal constructions after levying a compounding fee and getting an undertaking from owners, restricting further alterations.

The move is in line with the recommendations made by the Kunte committee, which was formed to give suggestions on regularising illegal constructions in the state’s urban areas and ways to curb them.

According to sources in the Mantralaya, although illegal constructions in Mumbai are relatively low, they are rampant in other cities in the metropolitan region extending beyond Thane. There are close to 40,000 illegal residential buildings in areas such as Dombivli, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar, among others.

Fadnavis informed the lower house the Kunte committee’s report has been accepted in principle, and once it is vetted by the revenue and law and judicial department, the regularisation process will begin.

“The committee headed by BMC chief Sitaram Kunte has submitted its report to the government. The committee has not only suggested ways to regularise illegal constructions, but has also recommended stricter provisions to curb more unauthorised constructions in urban areas. The revenue department has sent the report to the law and judiciary department to vet it, keeping rulings of various courts in mind. Once approved by the cabinet, the government will come out with a concrete plan in the next few weeks,” Fadnavis told the lower house.

The source said that while constructions with zonal changes will be regularised, the one with FSI violations and constructions on public reservation land can’t be regularised.

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