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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Bill passed to regularise unauthorised houses

PANAJI: The state legislative assembly on Thursday passed the bill to regularise the unauthorised houses in Goa, paving the way for the Goans who have resided under the shadow of living illegally to get their houses legalised.
Speaking during the discussion on the Goa regularisation of unauthorised construction bill, 2016, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said the government wants to relieve people off the burden of living without authorisation of the houses.

“There are many unauthorized structures constructed in own land… In villages about 90-95 per cent houses have not been authorised yet… And the relaxation of 50 sq mtrs is provided to those who have started a small store or a restaurant in the house premises,” he said.
Parsekar said,  “We want to let the people to stand up with self-respect and prestige.”
Pressing for the passage of the bill, Deputy Chief Minister and Revenue Minister Francis D’Souza  said the ordinance had been  promulgated in June, this year. He said, “Within six months the bill needs to be passed else the ordinance would lapse and whatever actions have been taken as per law would be fruitless.”
The act enables any person who has carried out unauthorised construction in the property before February 28, 2014 to make an application to the authorised official within a period of 180 days from the date of the act coming into force. According to the act, any residential, commercial or residential cum commercial unauthorised construction in applicant’s own property or co-owned, with written consent of all other co-owners, can make the application.
Furthermore, the act enables any unauthorized construction of a dwelling house by the applicant who is declared or registered as mundkar under the provisions of the Goa, Daman and Diu Mundkars (Protection from Eviction) Act, 1975, or a farmhouse constructed by the applicant who is tenant or owner of an agricultural land, to be authorized.
According to the new law, the built-up area of the unauthorized construction, which is proposed to be regularised shall not exceed, 200 sq mtrs in case of personal residence of the applicant, 100 sq mtr in case it is meant for commercial purpose, 250 sq mtr in case the construction is meant for residential cum commercial purpose and 400 sq mtr in case the construction is meant for institutional purpose.
However, unauthorized construction within the limits of the protected forest area declared as a wildlife sanctuary, area covered under the coastal regulation zone, no-development zone, open spaces, public land, areas covered under eco-sensitive zone, khazan land, any construction prohibited under the Goa Land (Prohibition on Construction) Act, 1995, road setback or right of way or any construction which causes obstruction to any natural water channel or any structure which is constructed by filling water bodies or any construction in or for scrapyard, will not be authorized.

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