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State proposes changes in penalties to regularise illegal residential buildings

The Maharashtra government has proposed changes in calculating penalties to regularise illegal residential buildings in the state, a move likely to provide some relief to occupants of such structures. The modifications have been published in a notification issued by the government’s urban development department last week, an official said Tuesday.

They are an improvement on calculations done earlier to levy penalties on unauthorised structures, he said. As per the proposed modifications, the planning authority would calculate ‘compounding charges’ (penalties) needed for providing public amenities, utilities and services in the respective areas.

“The notification is a part of the government’s attempt towards taking a realistic step to solve the problem of lakhs of unauthorised structures, most of which are residential buildings,” an official of the urban development department said. The department had in October 2017 issued rules regarding regularisation of illegal structures built before December 31, 2015 on payment of a penalty.

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