Government to take call on who will draft 23 villages’ development plan: Maharashtra Deputy CM – ET RealEstate

PUNE: Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Friday said the state government would take the final call on whether the PMC or the PMRDA would prepare the development plan for the 23 villages recently merged with the civic limits.

He said the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had the right to pass a resolution about the DP, but the state government would finally decide what would be done.

Pawar’s comment comes a day after the general body of the PMC approved the civic administration’s proposal to prepare the draft DP for the 23 villages recently merged with the municipal limits despite the state entrusting Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) with the task. The state government had on Wednesday issued a notification stating that the PMRDA would draft the development plan for the 23 villages.

“I won’t say anything about who should prepare the DP, as there are some disagreements over this and the PMC has the right to pass a resolution. But whoever prepares the DP, it should be done keeping in mind the next 50-100 years. The plan should be done with thoughts and reservations for public places such as schools, graveyards, crematoriums and grounds,” Pawar said.

“If it comes to light that any one is using their rights in an unfair manner, the state can intervene. Besides, there is the high court as well,” he added

On state Congress president Nana Patole’s recent comments on the party’s stand on elections, Pawar said, “Senior Congress leaders such as Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan have clarified that the (MVA) alliance is working together. Patole also echoed similar sentiments later.”

A week after NCP president Sharad Pawar dismissed his remarks that the Congress would contest future elections on its own, Patole on Wednesday said NCP had “betrayed” the Congress in the 2014 assembly elections. As a result, Patole said, the Congress had geared up to contest the 2024 general and assembly elections on its own.

Pawar refuted media reports that he had discussed this issue with CM Uddhav Thackeray and also that the Zoting Commission report had indicted NCP leader Eknath Khadse in a land deal. He said the state has not yet received the report .

On the proposed airport in Purandar, he said details would be shared when the land was finalised. Pawar also cleared Rs695 crore under the District Planning and Development Committee (DPDC) and directed the departments concerned to use the funds for various development projects. The state government had in April decided to impose a 30% cut on funds allotted for DPDC funds and use the amount in the pandemic management.



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Pune: Court stays Kausar Baug housing society’s move to rent out open space – ET RealEstate

PUNE: In a major blow to the management committee of Kausar Baug Cooperative Housing Society on NIBM Road in Kondhwa, the largest society in the area, the court of joint civil judge Khwaja C Kalal asked the society committee members to maintain the status quo till the next hearing and not to create any third-party interest by giving a suit property that is an open space on rent.

The stay order was issued after the neighbouring Galaxy Society, which equally shares ownership of the open space, moved the court.

The court prima facie observed that the space of the society, which is being rented out as a commercial marriage lawn and a private sports club, is an open space as per the approved layout map.

It has been alleged that the 40,000-square feet open space jointly belonging to Kausar Baug and Galaxy societies is being given for commercial purposes without the consent of residents. It also claimed that space is actually reserved as a playground for children.

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had already sent notices to the managing committee of Kausar Baug after receiving complaints from the residents for allowing the commercial use of property without any permission from the Building Development and Control Department, which is mandatory before starting any construction on land or changing its use. They claimed that as per the Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act, 1949, and Development Control Rules ‘open space’ needs to be kept ‘open to sky’.

Galaxy Society chairman Nisar Attar, said, “We have managed to bring the status quo against the possible development of the plot as a commercial lawn and a club. Not only residents of Kausar Baug society but also residents of our society oppose the move to allow such activities without consent. We equally share the part of this open space, but still our kids were denied their right to play here.”
Pune: Court stays Kausar Baug housing society's move to rent out open spaceAdvocate Aftab Khan, representing Galaxy Society, said, “Seeing the unauthorised marriage hall and sports club is going to eat the open space of the kids, the petition was filed. No such commercial construction is allowed as per DC rule. We learnt that PMC issued a notice of demolition against the illegal structure but the Kausar Baug society committee has taken a stay order against the demolition. Galaxy residents jumped into this case and compelled the court to intervene in the larger interest.”

As per the initial complaint, the managing committee did not consider the protests from other members and took a one-sided decision during the lockdown without the nod from residents. No valid permission from the PMC was taken while starting the construction and changing the status of the land.

The said open space is part of recreation space reserved exclusively for society’s purpose. The residents further claimed that the commercial work will create several issues such as law and order, trespassing, parking, security etc.

Countering the claim, A Rehman, chairman of Kausar Baug society, said that everything is being done as per the law. “Some of the members are unnecessarily complaining due to their vested interest and opposing such a noble project.

The upcoming sports club will be utilised by children in Kondhwa and surrounding areas where sports such as football, basketball, baseball among others will be played and it will help to nurture new talents.”



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Mumbai witnesses large scale appointments of independent administrators in housing societies – ET RealEstate

MUMBAI: For over a year the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) is suddenly witnessing on large scale the appointments of independent administrators in place of housing society managements.

This has raised eyebrows among the members of hundreds of societies that are due for redevelopment as many builders and contractors have allegedly taken undue advantage of the situation.

According to experts in the cooperative sector and the officials, the administrators have no powers to interfere in major decisions of the society but despite that, a few are indulging in wrong practices. Such rampant appointments of administrators have happened because society elections could not be held for over a year due to the absence of election rules since October 2018 and later due to government decisions to postpone elections owing to Covid-19 till August this year.

“During this period many committees expired and chairmen and secretaries died. Taking advantage of this around 10 to 15 administrators have been appointed each by around 45 to 50 registrars in the Mumbai metropolitan region. Over 500 societies have seen Builders and contractors interested in going ahead with the redevelopment have taken undue advantage of this,” said Ramesh Prabhu, president of Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association, a federation of housing societies in the state.

Prabhu has demanded that elections should be declared as early as possible in these societies. “If elections are physically not possible, they be allowed digitally or online. Presently many societies are already holding AGMs and committee meetings through video conferencing,” he said.

Vijay Patel, cofounder of All India CHS Welfare Association said going by the provisions in the law the administrator or authorised officer or even the registrars have no powers in major decisions of the society such as redevelopment. “But despite that many builders have managed to take advantage of the situation by managing the administrators. The recent incident of administrators writing to a society in K West (Vile Parle, Andheri, and Jogeshwari) to go ahead with redevelopment has angered the members.

Patel said in Andheri’s Four Bungalows his own society presently being ruled by an administrator is witnessing encroachment in the society premises.

Meanwhile, a senior cooperative official, who did not want to be quoted, told TOI that any letter appointing administrator itself makes it clear that societies can demand elections after six months and can also register a complaint against him in case of any unlawful decision with the senior authorities in the cooperatives department.

“Due to delay in election rules and later due to Covid the elections could not be held in many societies leading to the appointment of administrators. However, the rights of the society members have been safeguarded if anyone takes undue advantage of the situation,” he added urging citizens to do the follow-up of such complaints to take them to their logical end.



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Maharashtra: Additional duty burden for home buyers amid pandemic – ET RealEstate

NAGPUR: The relaxation in stamp duty that followed Covid outbreak has not only gone, but the amount payable has also increased recently even as realtors and home loan consultants say the market has not yet recovered from the pandemic effect.

On June 14, the state government has increased the fee chargeable on intimation of mortgage to 0.5% of the loan amount as against a nominal charge of Rs1,000 earlier. Though an upper limit of Rs15,000 has been maintained, yet even for a loan of Rs10 lakh the buyer has to shell out Rs5,000 as intimation fee. This is five times more than the earlier rate.

Mortgage intimation has to be done at the registrar of properties office if a loan has been taken for the purchase. This is to disclose that there is bank or financial institution’s mortgage on the property. The objective is to prevent fraud.

This is expected to hit the sentiments, especially among buyers of middle level properties, say financial consultants providing services for availing loans.

Now not only the stamp duty is back to the earlier rate, but there is an additional burden on the home buyers. Even if the mortgage intimation fee has been capped at Rs15,000, the amount is substantial for the fixed income home buyers, who already struggle to arrange funds, says Deepak Trivedi, a financial consultant who provides home loan services.

The average cost of a home comes at around Rs40 lakh in the city. Generally, buyers borrow up to Rs30 lakh to fund the purchase, said Trivedi.

A home worth Rs40 lakh attracts basic stamp duty of Rs2.40 lakh at 6%. Then there is registration fee, which is 1% of the amount or Rs30,000 whichever is higher. Both the components take the duty amount to Rs2.70 lakh in case of a Rs40 lakh property. The rate of mortgage deed that was 0.2% earlier has been increased to 0.3% from April. This adds another Rs9,000, taking it to Rs2.79 lakh in all.

The latest addition is in the fee payable on intimation of mortgage of property. For a loan of Rs30 lakh, it comes to Rs15,000 which is the maximum payable.

“Suppose the loan is Rs20 lakh, it comes to Rs10,000, which is a substantial amount for a small or mid ticket home buyer,” explained Trivedi.

From December 31, 2020, the stamp duty is back to the earlier level of 6% from 3% in September last year. The duty cut was done to ease purchases during the Covid times. The plan was to gradually bring it back. Now not only the duty is back to the original level, there is an additional burden as well, he said.

Anil Nair, former president of Nagpur branch of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI), said costs have increased even as the market is yet to recover.

Even the development charges have been hiked to 4% from 2% earlier. Now the increase in mortgage intimation fee can further dampen the sentiment, he said.



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