BMC offers solace for most of 56,000 illegal structures
It will give much needed solace to around 15 lakh people living in those structures, such as Campa Cola in Worli
Mar 25, 2015
Source : The Times of India


MUMBAI: Most of the city's over 56,000 structures can be regularized or compounded by offering concessions or recovering additional fees, while the rest will have to be demolished partly or totally.

Mantralaya sources said a report on possible legalization of unauthorized constructions here, prepared under the leadership municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte, had categorized around 56,000 structures in 40 conflict zones and offered solutions for each. If accepted, the report will give much needed solace to around 15 lakh people living in those structures, such as Campa Cola in Worli.

"As per the report, constructions where the balcony area or extended part of the legal constructions have been occupied, can be compounded by charging additional fees. Even norms can be relaxed for those falling in reserved or no-development zones. As per rules, a 'no-development' zone does not mean 'never-development' zone," they added.

The report was submitted to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis recently. "The state is legally scrutinizing the report, which has been accepted in principle, though a final decision will be taken only after the scrutiny. There are constructions which can be legalized within the framework of the Regional Town Planning Act. But we have to see if they violate environment, forest, aviation and other norms besides Supreme Court orders," they pointed out.

"Most constructions can be either regularized or compounded, while some will face partial or total demolition," sources said. Mantralaya officials said a decision is likely during the budget session of the state legislature, which will end by April 10.

"Some constructions fall in wrong zones, such as civil aviation, or within reserved areas, as per the development plan. Some do not fall within Development Control regulations, while some fall within certain influence zones or environmentally sensitive areas. We have suggested measures to legalise such constructions fully or partially within existing laws. For some, the norms will have to be amended," civic sources said.

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