Bill to regularize illegal buildings may be presented in the winter session of Jharkhand Assembly

Ranchi: It will take more time to regularize more than 7 lakh buildings built on illegal maps in the urban bodies of Jharkhand. It is expected that a bill related to this can be brought in the winter session of the Jharkhand Assembly.

In November 2022, Chief Minister Hemant Soren 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. That committee had sought opinions and objections from stakeholders and the general public on the draft. Stakeholders had lodged objections in 2022 itself.

The committee studied the drafts of many states including Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. Now the committee is studying the Telangana model. For this, documents have been called from Hyderabad.

Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce President Kishore Mantri and Vice President Aditya Malhotra also met Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon regarding this. Kishore Minister said that the minister has said that the government is serious about this. There are preparations to bring it in the winter session of the Assembly itself. He also said that departmental secretary Vinay Choubey has said that the draft will be finalized after studying the Telangana model.

At the same time, the Chamber of Commerce has suggested a middle path to regularize 75 percent of the buildings built in cities in violation of the CNT Act. It has also been suggested to implement this scheme through a single window system.

In 2012, 51 backward castes were included in the CNT Act. A lot of land in urban bodies was purchased after 2012. Due to coming into CNT, neither receipt of these lands is cut nor does any mutation take place. The map of 75 percent of people has not been passed due to land-related issues. To regularize such houses, many papers are required, which the landlords do not have.

In such a situation, to regularize these houses, relaxation in giving minimum land papers is being considered. Stakeholders have suggested that there should be a provision for regularization along with fees for buildings whose height is more than 15 meters and plinth area is more than 500 square meters.

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 the Municipal Corporation area, Rs 75 in the Municipal Council and Rs 50 per square meter in Nagar Panchayat. The committee is also considering these suggestions.

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