Mah assembly passes ULC Act resolution

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Nagpur, Nov 29 (UNI) After a prolonged discussion that spanned three sessions, the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly today adopted by voice vote a resolution repealing the provisions of the Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act in the state amid Opposition from the Shiv Sena members raising slogans against the move.

The resolution was adopted after Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh announced a slew of measures to ensure that the land that came under the purview of the ULC Act would be used to create affordable housing for the people.

The measures include housing schemes on land that is still in possession of the owner, imposition of a tax on such property if housing schemes are not launched within a certain period, and housing schemes on land that has been acquired but not developed.

Besides, it would be mandatory to reserve dwelling units for the Lower Income Group (LIG) in township schemes and to construct a certain number of small units on land of which the permitted use has been converted from ''Industrial'' to ''Residential'' ('I to R conversion').

Replying to the discussion, Mr Deshmukh said the State Government would amend the rules to provide the land that had been rendered surplus under the Act, but was still in the possession of the owners and would be released consequent to the repeal, was used to build dwelling units with areas 40 sqm, 60 sqm and 80 sqm.

Municipal corporations would be told to sanction the plans accordingly, he said. Besides, the Government would enact a law imposing tax on such land remaining vacant beyond a certain period of time, he added.

Adoptation of resolution repealing provisions of the ULC Act would ensure that the owners do not hold on to the land in the hope of making a profit as the prices went up over time, the CM explained.

He informed that there was land that had been acquired by the State Government under the provisions of the ULC Act, but had not been developed and no housing scheme had been constructed on it.

Such property would be handed over to Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) and housing societies for constructing dwelling units, the Chief Minister said.


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