Nagpur: Poor paying double building plan sanction fee than affluent citizens – ET RealEstate

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By Amit

NAGPUR: Due to two planning authorities in the city, poor people constructing houses in undeveloped localities are forced to pay double the building plan sanction charges as compared to those being paid by residents of posh areas.

The state government had amended the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act on July 1, 2016, making provisions for doubling the building plan sanction charges in entire city so that Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) can bear their share of 5% each in the Metro Rail project.

NMC and NIT had doubled the building plan sanction charges on January 13, 2021, and June 1, 2021, respectively, with retrospective effect from July 1, 2016.

But almost two months ago, on January 1, NMC reduced the building plan sanction charges by 50% while Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) is yet to take a call.

Former leader of opposition in NMC, Sanjay Mahakalkar, alleged BJP-led government in the state is responsible for loot of poor people. “Posh areas fall under NMC limits while NIT is planning authority for Gunthewari areas where almost all citizens are financially weak. These people cannot afford to purchase plots in sanctioned layouts or flats and are forced to buy small plots in unauthorized layouts and construct their dream houses by taking loans. NIT should immediately give relief to poor,” he said.

The NIT board will have to decide in case its charges are to be brought at par with NMC. NIT trustee and South Nagpur MLA Mohan Mate did not respond to TOI calls and messages in this regard.

For four years after the government had amended the MRTP Act on July 1, 2016, NMC and NIT did not revise the charges. In 2020, NMC sought government’s opinion whether it can recover double charges with retrospective effect from July 1, 2016. The government gave consent on November 3, 2020.

NMC issued a notice on January 13, 2021, increasing the charges by 100% from retrospective effect. Charges were increased from 2% of ready reckoner value of the land to 4% in case of residential structure and 4% to 8% for commercial buildings.
Nagpur: Poor paying double building plan sanction fee than affluent citizensNIT too doubled the building plan sanction charges from June 1, 2021.

The two planning authorities also started recovering the difference in amount from those who got plans sanctioned after July 1, 2016.

Citing that the revised building plan charges were high, the NMC general body on July 22, 2021, passed a resolution to set aside the decision to collect the charges with retrospective effect.

But the civic chief urged the government to quash the general body’s decision citing it will cause huge financial loss to both NMC and government.

The government on December 29 last year endorsed the GB’s resolution and NMC slashed the charges by 50% with effect from January 1.

Mahakalkar said the government should have instructed NIT too in this regard. “Besides the two agencies, it is the responsibility of the government too to avoid discrepancies in charges and dual policy,” he said.

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