Panel suggestions to check illegal constructions await govt nod

Amendments in laws, appointment of a separate team from the district administration and the police and even ousting gram panchayat members who have given permissions for illegal constructions are some the recommendations proposed by the commitee under Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Swadeen Kshatriya.

With the government yet to clear the report, Kshatriya hopes for a favourable decision on the report that focuses on rampant illegal constructions in key cities, including Pune. It also gives detailed recommendations on how to prevent illegal constructions.

"The recommendations were made after the discussions with the committee members and divisional commissioners of the districts,'' said Kshatriya. The committee included principal secretary (rural development), principal secretary (urban development), director (town planning) and divisional commissioners of Pune, Aurangabad, Konkan, Nagpur, Nashik, Amravati. The focus was to outline a plan to prevent any kind of illegal constructions in the rural areas with emphasis on cities like Pune, Thane, Nashik, Napur, Aurangabad and Amravati.

The committee has proposed that separate department is required to keep a check on illegal constructions in these districts. And after two years of effective implementation, the same can be replicated in all the districts. "We had put up the report in the public domain for suggestions and we hope that the government will take it up favourably,'' said Kshatriya.

The committee has suggested amendment to the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, 1966, Maharashtra Gram Panchayat Act, 1958 and Bombay Stamp Act, 1958. It has recommended that under section 58 A of the MRTP Act, Collector will have the powers to grant permission while action will be taken against gram sabha members for granting permission for illegal constructions.

It has also suggested a separate 11-member team under the rank of a deputy collector. They will be taking photos of the areas every six months and updating on the development in the area. "The team would have to stop any illegal construction by issuing notices,'' stated the report.

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