In its recent move to regularise illegal structures in Navi Mumbai, Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has requested the residents to provide them with the details of all the unethical constructions in the city. They are aiming to legalise at least some of them after receiving the said property’s descriptions.
The move is in accordance with the amendment to section 52 (A) of MRTP Act 1966. These structures constructed on or before December 31, 2015, will fall under the MRTP (compounded structures) rules 2017. On receiving the complete details of these illegal structures, PCMC will regularise some of these by enforcing compounding and infrastructure charges and a premium as stated under these norms.
The fresh norms will be applied to unethical developments that will fall within the jurisdiction of local or planning and new planning authorities. While applying for regularisation of the unauthorized developments, the owners of such structures will have to obtain an NOC from the landowner, including co-operative housing societies, government, and semi-government or private parties.
According to Sanjay Katekar, a PCMC engineer, “The residents have been asked to submit all the papers along with an NOC from the landowner or CHSs to regularize their areas. The areas may be illegal extensions formed after covering up space available in societies, private area or government areas with an NOC from the respective parties. They will have to pay compounding charges to regularize the same.”
Although, these rules are not applicable to regions where development has been forbidden or for structurally dangerous buildings, lands in zones other than those residential, those violating land use allowable in zones of development plan or illegal development in buffer zones.
In certain cases, residents might face difficulties in receiving the NOC from the authorities or land owners and the housing societies.
Moreover, the height of the buildings, FSI, coverage, marginal open space and road width will be taken into consideration before permitting the regularisation of unauthorised developments. Relevant documents along with the applications will have to be sent to the PCMC for the regularising illegal construction before January 2018.