Maha govt to appoint a committee headed by retired SC judge to resolve land dispute

MUMBAI: The state government will appoint a committee under a retired Supreme Court judge to find a resolution to the dispute over development of land stuck on account of section 20 of the erstwhile Urban Land Ceiling Act.

The ULC was repealed in 2007 and thereafter the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry approached the Bombay high court on the plea that the government cannot take the excess land as the Act itself had been repealed. However, the court empowered the state to recover the excess land for public housing from private developers.

BJP legislator Medha Kulkarni said several housing societies had been constructed on such vacant land over 30 years ago. However, now they cannot be redeveloped on account of the condition that 5% tenements must be for public housing. Kulkarni pointed out that in the past developers could pay 2.5% of the market rate to the government and obtain a NOC. She appealed that the government allow the redevelopment of these societies by imposing a similar premium on the surplus land.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said the government did not get any affordable housing under this section. “Had we collected the premium, then the money could have been utilized to build affordable housing which too has not been the case.”

Fadnavis then said a committee would be appointed to look into the issue.

Credits ET Realty

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