Con­veyance agents un­der ACB lens for fleecing flat own­ers

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE - SURESH GOLANI / Bhayan­dar

At a time when the gov­ern­ment has been pub­li­cis­ing deemed con­veyance as a sim­pli­fied tool to safe­guard the in­ter­est of flat own­ers, al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion and bribery by mid­dle­men for the process in the Mira-Bhayan­dar re­gion are now un­der the scan­ner of the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Bureau (ACB).

Ac­cord­ing to norms, de­vel­op­ers are man­dated to trans­fer the ti­tle in the so­ci­ety’s name within a stip­u­late time­frame of the for­ma­tion of a hous­ing so­ci­ety. How­ever, with rights like the fu­ture use of floor space in­dex (FSI) and le­gal own­er­ship of the plot linked to the prop­erty ti­tle, most de­vel­op­ers tend to flout the norm. To re­solve the is­sue, state gov­ern­ment mod­i­fied norms by a pro­vi­sion al­low­ing so­ci­eties to ap­ply for deemed con­veyance in cases where de­vel­op­ers or land­lords were not co­op­er­at­ing.

“The en­tire ex­er­cise has be­come a money mint­ing for­mula for the mid­dle­men de­mand­ing an av­er­age of `3,000 per flat for deemed con­veyance, which trans­lates into `10 lakh for a mid-sized per hous­ing so­ci­ety. While scores of pro­pos­als are pend­ing with the sub-reg­is­trar of­fice, many are yet to get the right to ti­tle of the plot on which they stand,” said so­cial ac­tivist Saji IP, seek­ing a probe into the mas­sive cor­rup­tion and ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Lo­cal MLA Naren­dra Me­hta has also sought a pe­nal ac­tion against the cor­rupt. A se­ries of com­plaints has now put the en­tire ac­tiv­i­ties on ACB radar. Hous­ing so­ci­eties, mainly of old build­ings, are keen on re­de­vel­op­ment, but they are stuck as the land is not in their names sans con­veyance, a deed that con­veys a prop­erty’s ti­tle of own­er­ship from the orig­i­nal owner to the ul­ti­mate buyer.

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