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STATE BRINGS IN NEW LAW TO CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL BUILDINGS

mantralaya-2Carrying out illegal constructions in the civic corporation or municipal council limits will now prove costly for a civic official, literally. To check the rampant unauthorised constructions across Maharashtra, the state government brought about a new law to penalise the designated officer who permits such illegalities. The state has approved the Maharashtra Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils and Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Amendment Act, 2010. As per the provisions of the modified Act, a designated officer will be appointed to ensure that there are no unauthorised constructions in the jurisdiction of the respective municipal corporation, council, panchayats and industrial townships. The new law stipulates that “if the officer fails to take action, she/he faces imprisonment for one month and/or a fine of Rs 25,000”. Stressing the need for amendment to the existing law, Sachin Ahir, minister of state for urban development, who piloted the Bill in the legislative assembly, said that whenever action is initiated against illegal construction, a stay order is obtained from the court, which is not vacated for several months. To ensure that the Act is effective, the government has already sanctioned the deputation of an additional commissioner of police or deputy commissioner of police to the municipal corporation, said Ahir, explaining that the municipal commissioner can decide who the designated officer should be. In the past, the government has sanctioned proposals holding the local assistant municipal commissioner and the police inspector responsible for unauthorised constructions in areas under their jurisdiction, but till date, no action has been taken against any officer. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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