Gujarat unauthorised construction: Deadline for impact fee extended by 3 more months
GANDHINAGAR: The state urban development department has again extended – this time for three months – the deadline for processing impact fee applications for regularization of unauthorized constructions. Applications are accepted in accordance with the Gujarat Regularization of Unauthorized Development Act, 2011.
This is the fourth extension and probably the last, some officials say. The new deadline is August 18, 2016. The first deadline extension was for 18 months, followed by another for six months, and then for three months. Earlier, the government had reduced rates owing to poor response from the public in paying fees to regularize their properties.
Repeated extensions alone show how civic bodies across the state have been weak in implementing the GRUD Act provisions. Any citizen can challenge the municipal corporation in court on such repeated extensions. “We see few applicants, but more municipal councillors at zonal offices,” said a senior town planning official in the AMC. “The more extensions the government gives, the more are the chances of corruption and interference.”
In a press statement regarding the extension, the state government said that in several cities a number of applications were pending and more may want to apply so the extension had been effected in public interest.
A Satellite resident, Deepak Chaudhry, told ETRealty (TOI): “Though the number of certificates to be submitted to the TDO office have drastically reduced, officials themselves have no clarity on the interpretation of the law.”