State sim­pli­fies pro­cesses of con­vert­ing agri­cul­tural land

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The state cabi­net of Ma­ha­rash­tra made a ma­jor an­nounce­ment on land con­ver­sion in the state, they have sim­pli­fied the com­pli­cated and time-con­sum­ing process of con­vert­ing agri­cul­tural land into non-agri­cul­tural land. Af­ter the ex­e­cu­tion of the new sys­tem the land own­ers will not need the district col­lec­tor’s per­mis­sion if the land falls within the cor­po­ra­tion and mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil zone. The process is sim­pli­fied with an aim to en­sure easy ac­qui­si­tion of land for hous­ing pro­jects and other non-agri­cul­tural pur­poses.

Ear­lier it was manda­tory for the land own­ers to take per­mis­sion of the col­lec­tor for the con­ver­sion if the plots are to be de­vel­oped for res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial or in­dus­trial pur­pose, which lead to rise in de­lays and cor­rup­tion. This move will re­duce such com­plains of­fi­cials said. As per the new sys­tem, the free hold lands should be lo­cated within the lim­its of the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion or mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil. “Land own­ers will need to take ap­proval of the civic body’s plan­ning depart­ment. Once the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil grants per­mis­sion, the land owner needs to in­form state rev­enue depart­ment in 30 days, af­ter which of­fi­cials will re­cover a one-time land con­ver­sion tax and a non-agri­cul­ture cess,” said an of­fi­cial.

This process will ap­ply to those who are di­rect own­ers of the land. For those who have leased land from the gov­ern­ment, the col­lec­tor’s per­mis­sion is still required, though the con­ver­sion pro­ce­dure has been made sim­pler for them as well. “The lease­holder will have to of­fer a cer­tain share of the prof­itable deal on the land to the gov­ern­ment,” said an­other of­fi­cial.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, masses of ap­pli­ca­tion for land con­ver­sion to non-agri­cul­tural use are pend­ing, par­tic­u­larly in Mum­bai re­gion and around, stalling devel­op­ment. In ru­ral ar­eas, where there are no mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions or coun­cils, rev­enue of­fi­cials will now be asked to cre­ate a data­bank of con­ver­sion ap­pli­ca­tions, so that de­ci­sions can be made quickly, an of­fi­cial said.

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