Following an uproar over the allotment of a 2,000-sq m land in Andheri to BJP MP-actor Hema Malini earlier this year, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had said thegovernment resolution (GR) that allows for these allotments will be revised. The revised draft of the new rules is ready and will soon be finalized by Fadnavis.
One of the major issues with the 1983-84 GR was that it allowed for giving away huge land parcels for educational, cultural, medical and charitable purposes at 25% of the Ready Reckoner (RR) rates of 1976, but now the value of the plot will be fixed according to the RR rate of the year in which the allotment is being made.
The revenue department is also working at accessing the requirement of the institutions for which plots are being asked for and depending on the nature of use, the percentage value of the RR rate will be decided. A provision is also being made for allowing the state to revise the lease rent every five years. Also, no plots will be given on ownership basis, they will be leased out for not more than 30 years. Activists and critics of the earlier policy had claimed that since the plots are given at cheap rates, the state incurs huge losses.