Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will start compounding of illegal constructions in the city. The civic body will give six months’ time to citizens or developers to apply for regularisation of their excess construction not in consonance with existing development control regulations. The general body has also reduced the application charges from Rs 5,000 to minimum Rs 500.
NMC office-bearers were little skeptical about utility of these directions issued by the Urban Development Department of State Government and apprehended that due to stringent conditions laid down, not more than 5 percent constructions could be regularised. Therefore, local body will frame its own rule for regularisation of excess and unauthorised constructions in the city and send it for State’s nod.
Ruling Party leader Sandip Joshi said, it is impossible for a citizen with modest means to pay Rs 5,000 application fee for the house situated in barely 500 sq ft. Therefore, NMC should not charge more than Re 1/sq ft for the houses upto 2500 sq ft while Rs 2/sq ft for the houses situated on plot size admeasuring more than 2,500 sq ft. The regularization rates for the application in respect of commercial establishments should be Rs 2/ sq ft. NMC should appoint a senior and expert officer to frame the rules for regularisation of the illegal construction in congested areas keeping in mind the ground realities of orange city. We will knock the doors of the State Government to get its nod for these regulations.
Former Mayor Pravin Datke said, the government resolution of October 7, 2017 regarding regularization of illegal construction is useless in Nagpur’s context. Only 5 percent illegal construction may regularized through this GR and hence separate rules are necessary to address cases of excess constructions within Nagpur city. NMC should appeal to State Government for special amendment in the directions. Praful Gudadhe Patil also raised the issue of old congested areas and stated that these directives would remain only on paper.
Municipal Commissioner Mudgal said, the State Government has issued GR on October 7, 2017 and it is binding on local body to announce the scheme for the compounding of the illegal construction within six months. He briefed the meeting about details of the regularisation scheme and how it is beneficial for the citizens to make their excess constructions legal by paying premium as determined by the Government.