Simpler process awaits flat owners in Pune
Regularization of unauthorized changes made internally by flat owners may soon be simpler with the civic body planning to do away with the practice of obtaining no objection certificates from housing societies. The flat owners can directly approach the civic body to regularize renovations such as closing an open balcony in properties after paying compounding charges, if the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has its way.
The civic body’s move comes in the wake of the state government issuing guidelines to regularize the unauthorised structures in 2017. The urban development department rules allow illegal structures to be legalized on payment of a penalty. All constructions carried out before December 31, 2015 in residential, commercial and industrial zones can be considered for the scheme.
The state notification had clarified the types of land on which the constructions can be regularized. If an unauthorized construction is on a land reserved for public purposes, it will be considered for regularization. The rider is that the urban local body shifts the reservation on another plot or deletes it. The entity seeking regularization will need to pay the costs involved in the process.