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Gujarat imposes ‘Disturbed Areas Act’ in parts of Surat, Vadodara

The act seeks to check transfer of properties in communally sensitive areas, which are officially described as “disturbed areas”. It is already in force in various parts of Gujarat including Vadodara.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2017 23:55 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Ahmedabad
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Navratri celebrations in Surat. Since the imposition of the act, the owners of land and other immovable properties will have to seek the collector’s permission before selling their assets.(REUTERS)

The Gujarat government on Saturday imposed the ‘Disturbed Areas Act’ in wards 1 to 12 of Surat city as well as in several residential colonies within the Bapod police station limits in Vadodara.

Since the act had been imposed, the owners of land and other immovable properties in these areas would have to seek the permission of the collector before selling their assets, an official release issued here said.

Sangita Patil, a BJP MLA from Surat, had recently demanded the imposition of the ‘Disturbed Areas Act’ in her constituency, Limbayat, to “prevent Muslims from acquiring residential properties of Hindus”.

Patil had sent her written request for the imposition of the act to the district collector after Hindu residents of the Limbayat area of Surat city made several representations on the issue.

The act -- The Gujarat Prohibition of Transfer of Immovable Property and Provision for Protection of Tenants from Eviction from Premises in Disturbed Areas Act, 1991 -- which is already in force in various parts of the state, including in Vadodara, seeks to check transfer of properties in communally sensitive areas, which are officially described as “disturbed areas”.

The act requires the prior consent of the collector to sell property. The collector has the power to hold an inquiry suo motu (on his own) or on an application from any person in cases involving possession of immovable property allegedly in violation of the act’s provisions.

The act also has provisions for penalty and the offence under it was cognisable, the release said.

First Published: Oct 14, 2017 23:55 IST