7 lakh illegal buildings to be regularized

Ranchi: The final draft of the plan to regularize more than 7 lakh houses built on illegal maps in the urban bodies of Jharkhand has been prepared. The committee formed to prepare the draft has prepared the final draft of the scheme after studying the models of Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana states and on the basis of suggestions received from the stakeholders of the state and has sent the file to the Law Department for legal consultation.

After returning the file from there, it will be sent to the cabinet. It is expected that soon it will get approval from the cabinet also. After this, the way will be cleared for regularization of illegal houses built in various urban bodies of the state.

In November 2022 itself, Chief Minister Hemant Soren had approved the draft of the plan to regularize illegal buildings built in urban bodies before December 31, 2019. After this, the Urban Development Department formed a committee to further improve this draft. This committee had sought opinions and objections from stakeholders and the general public on the draft. The committee also held a meeting with representatives of several stakeholders including the Chamber of Commerce regarding the plan. It is not yet clear what the form of the new draft will be.

A member of the committee said that the draft has been made after studying all the suggestions and drafts of other states. Efforts have been made to remove all the shortcomings. The stakeholders have suggested the committee regularize 75 percent of the buildings constructed in violation of the CNT Act. Also asked to implement the scheme through a single window system. Some people have also suggested that minimal land papers should be taken to regularize the houses. Provision should be made for regularization along with fees for buildings whose height is more than 15 meters and plinth area is more than 500 square meters.

Also, residential buildings more than 15 meters high and having plinth area more than 500 square meters should be regularized by charging a fee of Rs 100 per square meter in Municipal Corporation area, Rs 75 in Municipal Council and Rs 50 per square meter in Nagar Panchayat.

Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce is continuously maintaining pressure on the government to implement this scheme soon. Chamber of Commerce Vice President Aditya Malhotra said that information about its progress is being continuously taken from the department officials. Initially some people were deprived of giving suggestions. Their suggestions have also been sent to the committee. There has been assurance that the scheme will be implemented soon.

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