Mumbai: Eyeing the urban voters, the State government on Tuesday announced that it has decided to change the rules and fine structure to regularise the unauthorised constructions in municipal corporations, councils, nagar panchayats and cantonment board limits in the State.
According to the government decision, a structure of up to 600 square feet will be exempted from any fine, but a construction from 601 to 1,000 square feet will attract 50 per cent of the property tax per year as fine. Structures having area of more than 1,001 square feet will have to pay double the property tax as fine per year.
“Normally, builders violate the rules and carry out constructions without permissions from the local body. After selling the structure to the tenants, the builders run away, but the occupants or the tenants have to pay the fine unnecessarily. To avoid inconvenience to the innocent buyers, the government has taken the decision,” an official from Urban Development (UD) department said.
The occupant of the structure will have to pay fine to the local body as per the slab of the fine and the structure will be declared ‘compounded structures’.
The government had appointed a committee, led by Principal Secretary Sitaram Kunte, to suggest recommendations on unauthorised constructions in urban areas falling under municipal corporation limits in big cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, etc. The government has already accepted the Swadheen Kshatriya committee report on unauthorised construction in rural areas.
The government accepted the report after seeking the opinion of two departments -- law and judiciary, and revenue. The decision will be soon be implemented across the State. According to the government, there are 65,320 unauthorised constructions in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation limits alone.
The move will help regularise lakhs of illegal structures or unauthorised buildings, largely residential ones, including those at the controversial Campa Cola compound in Worli.