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Rs 500 required for regularising illegal construction

Pay Rs 500 per square foot and get illegal construction regularised in the satellite townships of Kalyan and Dombivli, reports Gigil Varghese

india Updated: Nov 27, 2006 23:26 IST

Pay Rs 500 per square foot and get illegal construction regularised in the satellite townships of Kalyan and Dombivli. This directive was issued by the Urban Development Department to the Municipal authorities.

The move would secure the fate of a majority of the 78,000 illegal structures under the jurisdiction of Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC). Sixty per cent of the structures in KDMC are illegal, affecting half a million people.

The directive, which comes into effect immediately, will regularise all illegal structures - commercial and residential - built till the cut-off date of January 1, 2004.

Kakodkar committee report
In the 94-page report, the government-appointed five-member committee headed by metropolitan commissioner, S R Kakodkar indicted the corporation for blatantly violating development control norms to benefit builders and developers at the cost of health and safety of common citizens. It studied the 18-year period between 1970-1988, the entire KDMC machinery (then Dombivli Municipal Council) worked in collusion with developers/ builders resulting in a large number of backdated plans duly stamped with the authority of the local corporation.

Concluding that there were more than 2,535 illegal structures in Dombivli alone, in 1988, the State Government was asked to take urgent remedial action to control further damage.

To be legalised, a flat owner will have to shell out a regularisation fee and development cost to the government, which could be around 50 per cent of the present market cost of the construction.

The penalty collected will be used to create a development fund, which will be used for development of the area.

Political observers said the regularisation move would help the Democratic Front government gain advantage in the BJP-Shiv Sena dominated KDMC.

“We have issued the directive based on the Kakodkar committee report,” said Ramanand Tiwari, who was promoted as additional chief secretary, urban development department on Monday.

Had the state government heeded to the recommendations of the five-member committee headed by former Metropolitan Commissioner SR Kakodkar and reined in corrupt KDMC officials, illegal construction there might have been nipped in the bud.

However, the report has been gathering dust in Mantralaya since March 1988.

The re-development of a building in future, if undertaken, will be done as per the built-up area regularised, said a senior official in the Urban Development Department, on condition of anonymity.

A public interest litigation was filed in Bombay High Court against the illegal construction. The court wanted to know if the government wants to legalise them.

Earlier, the government had issued an ordinance regularising unauthorised structures in Ulhasnagar.

First Published: Nov 27, 2006 23:26 IST