PMC Sets Six-Month Deadline To Legalize Unauthorized Constructions
Owners of illegal properties in the city will be able to get them regularised till July, according to the new state government directive. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has started accepting proposals. The corporation has given six months’ time for submitting applications to compound illegal buildings. The State Urban Development Department in October 2017 had issued rules to regularise illegal structures on payment of a penalty. Illegal constructions done before December 31, 2015, in residential, commercial and industrial zones would be considered declared as ‘compounded structure’ on payment of compounding charges. According to the state’s guidelines, structures would not face the danger of demolition once the owners or residents pay the charges. No new development would be permitted in such structures, though. Only maintenance works would be allowed. Reconstruction or redevelopment will be allowed, only if the prevailing regulations permit it. The notification states that if an unauthorized construction is on a land reserved for public purposes, it will be considered for regularization, provided the urban local body shifts the reservation to another plot or deletes it. The entity seeking regularization will need to pay the costs involved.