State Government asks local bodies to publish list of unauthorised constructions

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 May 2018 09:07:12


Staff Reporter,

Taking tough stand against illegal constructions in the State, Maharashtra Government has directed local bodies and planning authorities to publish a list of all the authorised and unauthorised constructions in public domain.

This will stop transactions of unauthorised properties and save gullible buyers. The Government has warned of stern action against the officers adopting a negligent approach towards mushrooming of illegal constructions in respective areas.

The State Government has directed the local body/planning authority concerned to initiate action under Sections 260, 267, and 267 (A) of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, and Sections 52, 53 and 54 of Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act. The local bodies have been asked to publish a list of authorised and unauthorised constructions with proper survey number and name of developer, in public domain as well in local newspapers.

The Government has asked the local body to approach Civil Court and file caveat to stop ex-parte decision. The lists of illegal constructions will have to be submitted to the office of Deputy Registrar concerned so as to stop registration of these properties. Also, the Government has asked the local body/planning authority concerned to sort out ‘on priority’ the cases pending in Civil Court.

Recently, Urban Development Department has issued a notification about growing menace of illegal constructions and buyers getting cheated by sellers. The department found that several buildings were constructed illegally without obtaining any permission from the competent authority concerned. These unauthorised flat schemes were registered by Stamps and Registration Department. However, when it came to the notice of planning authority and local body concerned, they issued notices for demolition of such illegal constructions. However, in the process, the buyers felt cheated as they did not know that the flats they had bought with their hard-earned money was an illegal construction. Many a time, the local body concerned and the Government found it difficult to deal with such cases.