Govt to sell 5,000 plots in Mum­bai to lease­hold­ers WHAT THIS MEANS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­

Lease­hold­ers of some 5,000 govern­ment plots across Mum­bai will now be able to buy them per­ma­nently. They will also have the right to use the land for any pur­pose, res­i­den­tial or com­mer­cial.

The de­ci­sion taken at the cab­i­net meet­ing on Wed­nes­day means hous­ing so­ci­eties built on such plots can buy the land from the govern­ment for a pre­mium that is yet to be de­cided.

“By this, the govern­ment is open­ing up for de­vel­op­ment land that had been locked in for decades,” said rev­enue min­is­ter Ek­nath Khadse. Some one lakh plots across the state will come un­der this scheme.

How­ever, plots al­lot­ted to hospi­tals, sports com­plexes, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and gymkhanas will not be cov­ered by this de­ci­sion.

Khadse told re­porters that this was done to en­sure the pub­lic got the ben­e­fit of the govern­ment’s largesse. For ex­am­ple, hospi­tals that get govern­ment plots have to re­serve 10% of the beds for the poor. But if the hos­pi­tal man­age­ments got full own­er­ship, they may not con­tinue to pro­vide this fa­cil­ity to the needy, he said ex­plain­ing the ra­tio­nale for the de­ci­sion.

Mum­baikars al­lot­ted land for res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial use on lease­hold and oc­cu­pancy class II (con­di­tional own­er­ship right) will ben­e­fit.

The govern­ment asked a com­mit­tee headed by the prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary in the rev­enue depart­ment to sub­mit a re­port on the modal­i­ties in two months. Now, plots al­lot­ted on lease can be used only for the ac­tiv­i­ties per­mit­ted by the govern­ment. The lessee pays an­nual rent for a fixed pe­riod.

In 2012, the state govern­ment in­tro­duced a pol­icy un­der which land on lease hold was al­lowed to be con­verted to own­er­ship right (oc­cu­pancy class II) by charg­ing a pre­mium. Re­stric­tions on the use of the land re­mained the same as for lease­hold.

The de­ci­sion was chal­lenged in the Bom­bay high court and is still pend­ing.

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