PORVORIM: The Bill to facilitate regularization of certain illegal constructions carried out prior to February 28, 2014, was tabled during the ongoing monsoon session of the assembly on Wednesday.
The Goa Regularization of Unauthorized Construction Bill was tabled by deputy chief minister and revenue minister Francis D’Souza. It will be taken up for consideration later this week.
Structures constructed either without permission from relevant authorities or in violation of approved plans sanctioned, will be covered under the proposed legislation, which ought to bring relief to thousands whose constructions have been deemed illegal.
Structures to be covered include any construction in one’s own property, construction in a property held by co-owners (provided necessary written consent of such co-owner has been obtained), construction of mundkarial structure by a person duly declared as mundkar under the provisions of the Mundkar Act, or a farmhouse constructed by a tenant or owner on agricultural land.
Also, any structure on undivided property held jointly by a unit of family or families, provided consent of every such member of the family is annexed, will be covered by the Ordinance.
The district collector and mamlatdar of every taluka will be tasked with the responsibility of identifying illegal structures under their jurisdiction. Action will be taken against property owners who fail to apply for regularization within the stipulated period of within 180 days of the Ordinance being issued.
The proposed legislation will not hold good if the structure to be regularized is situated in a protected forest area, within a wild life sanctuary, in areas covered under coastal regulation zone 2011, no-development zone, open space, public land, structures in or for scrap yard, eco-sensitive zone notified by the Union environment ministry, khazan land, or has been built by obstructing any natural water channel or filling up of water bodies.
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