MANGALURU: Elected representatives of the district including forest and environment minister B Ramanath Rai demanded extension of the last date for regularization of properties under 94C and 94CC beyond October 31.
Rai said the process of disposing of applications under 94CC should be expedited. Officials disclosed at a review meeting chaired by revenue minister Kagodu Thimmappa here on Thursday that there is a pendency of large number of applications under 94CC to regularise unauthorised constructions of dwelling houses on government lands in urban areas in the city. While a total of 21,841 people have submitted applications for regularization of their houses in the district, 21,694 are yet to be disposed of. In Mangaluru, as against the 14,315 applications received, 14,280 are yet to be cleared.
Food and civil supplies minister U T Khader, legislators K Abhaychandra Jain, Ivan D’Souza, J R Lobo and B A Mohiuddin Bava urged the revenue minister to take initiatives to speed up the process and modify the land ceiling.
Additional deputy commissioner Kumar said at present unauthorized houses measuring below 600 sqft in the city are eligible for regularization under 94 CC. Applicants from general category will have to pay Rs 10,000 and for those belong to SC/ST and other reserved categories, the fee is Rs 5,000.
Rai said that the rule should be relaxed and all applications, including 94C (pertaining to constructions in rural areas), need to be expedited.
While minister Thimmappa sought speedy disposal of files under the scheme, officials pointed out that the revenue department is short staffed. The district has sanctioned posts of 845 including tahsildars, special tahsildars, deputy tahsildars, shirastedars and other positions, of which 220 posts are vacant.
Thimmappa said steps will be taken to fill the vacancies at the earliest. The minister also directed the officials to vacate encroachments in the district.
It was brought to the notice of the minister that 14,724 acres of revenue land in the district has been encroached. Of which only 1,508 acres have been reclaimed. They urged stops to clear encroachments on remaining 13,216 acres.
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