- 6,000 illegal colonies to be legalized
- Development fee to be reduced
- For low-income groups, only 20 percent development to be charged
Bhopal: In a relieving bid by the Shivraj government in Madhya Pradesh, the residents of about 6,000 illegal colonies that came into existence in the state before December 31, 2016, will get legalized buildings and plots. In view of the difficulties being faced in legalizing the colonies due to the complex process, now the government will simplify the process along with reducing the development fee. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made an announcement in this regard on Thursday in Mandsaur.
Officials of the Urban Development and Housing Department said that the Madhya Pradesh Municipality Colony Development Rules have been implemented. There is a provision in this that if the area of the colony is more than two hectares, permission will be given for the development of the colony in a maximum of three phases by the Directorate of Town and Country Investment. A total of 15 percent of houses will have to be reserved for members of economically weaker sections and low-income groups. If the colonizer wants to deposit the shelter fee in place of a plot or house, he will be allowed to do so.
In such colonies, in which more than 70 percent of the low-income groups reside, only twenty percent of the development fee will be taken from the residents of the colony. The remaining 80 percent amount will be borne by the concerned body. For colonies other than this, a 50 percent development fee will have to be paid by the residents of the colony.
At the same time, the economic condition of the urban bodies is also not such that they can get development work done without government help. There is a provision to free 50 percent building or plot only after 50 percent completion of the development work. To legalize a plot or building in an illegal colony, its owner will have to apply to the government. Other such provisions are also in the rules. Now the final decision will be taken in the cabinet on this.