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Tenants of state-owned plots can get ownership rights by paying premium

In February 2016, the state decided to allow conversion of leasehold lands to freehold ones.

mumbai Updated: Sep 26, 2018 00:03 IST
Faisal Malik
Faisal Malik
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Maharashtra,State plot ownership
Tenants of government-owned plots in Mumbai will not have to pay more than half the premium cost of the plot.(HT Photo)

Tenants of government-owned plots will be able to get ownership by paying a premium, which will not be more than half the cost of the plot. In a move to increase its revenue, the cash-strapped state government has decided to grant ownership rights to lessees of government-owned plots and those with conditional ownership (class II).

This will be in exchange for a premium which is up to 50% of the ready reckoner rates — the value of the land in an area. However, while doing so, it has decided to keep premium rates same for residential and commercial use.

On Tuesday, the state government decided to allow conversion of three types of land allotted to individuals and cooperative housing societies as free hold (ownership rights) — residential, commercial and agriculture use. The new policy could potentially impact more than 1.14 lakh leased plots across the state and around 5,000 in Mumbai.

Currently, leasehold tenants pay the government rents as low as 2% to 5% of the 25% ready reckoner rate. The plot allotted on lease can be used only for activities permitted by the government. Plots allotted under the occupancy class II category gives conditional ownership to the lessee, who will not pay an annual rent. Here, too, the land can only be used for activities the government allows.

A senior official from state revenue department said that for plots given on conditional ownership (occupancy class II) be it for residential or commercial use, the tenant will have to pay 50% of the current ready reckoner rate for getting ownership rights. In case the plot is allotted on a lease of 99 years, then the premium will be 50% of the ready reckoner rate. If the lease period is more than 99 years, then the premium will be 37.5% of the ready reckoner rate.

In case of cooperative housing societies, the state government has decided on 25% of the ready reckoner rate for conversion even if the land was allotted on leasehold or on occupancy class II, he said. It has set 50% of the ready reckoner rate for plots given for agriculture use, he added.

WHAT THE REPORT SAID

In February 2016, the state decided to allow conversion of leasehold lands to freehold ones.

Tuesday’s decision is based on a report of a committee — headed by Manukumar Srivastava, additional chief secretary, revenue department — that was formed to work out the modalities.

The report suggested only two categories to be allowed to give ownership rights — residential and agricultural use. It suggested 60% of the ready reckoner rate as premium for residential plots and 75% for agricultural plots.

First Published: Sep 26, 2018 00:03 IST