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Residents to pay extra to stay in forests

Residents to pay extra to stay in forests

Apnaloan.com Research Bureau

24 Apr 2008

Following a decision by the Bombay High Court of declaring some residential areas as falling in the zone of forest land, Maharastra Chief Minister, Vilasrao Deshmukh said that the government will back the residents group.

Residential areas in Bhandup, Mulund, Malad, Kandivli, Borivli and Thane are occupied by about 1 lakh people.

The government has come up with a plan under which either developers or people occupying forest land will pay penalty with which the government will convert some areas in the state into forest land to compensate the forest cover lost in Mumbai.

The state government has plans to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court to seek permission to act upon the proposed plan and regularise illegal houses.

Under the plan, the state will ask developers to pay Rs. 70,000 per hectare for undeveloped land and Rs. 1.4 lakh per hectare for plots they have developed. If developers are not traceable, residents will have to pay between 70 paise and Rs. 1.40 per Sq. Ft. So, if you own a 1,000 Sq. Ft flat, you will have to shell out Rs. 1,400 as penalty.

The state classified certain areas such as those mentioned above as forest land in May 2006 after which construction was banned and registration of property deals stopped.

According to the construction industry, the investment in property on the notified forest land is around Rs. 30,000 crore.

Most buildings in the affected areas have come up with proper clearances and were legitimate till the area was classified as forest land and the court order in March.

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