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Mumbai: Govt mulls new rider to check speculative buying of regularised pre-2000 shanties

Jun 30 2014, 12:20 IST
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SummaryMay make proof of one-year stay must for a free house

5,000 shanties were bought over by investors within a span of four to five months that year.

“The verification method we are devising may still have its shortcomings but at least if an occupier is genuine, and not merely an investor, he will weave his life around his address, which will be reflected in bank account details, school admission papers or ration card,” said a senior state government official. Under the Maharashtra Slum Areas Act 1971, the occupier, even if he is only living in the slum structure by paying a rent, becomes eligible for a house on ownership basis once the structure goes under redevelopment. “The absentee owners won’t get anything but the burden of proof lies on the occupier and he has to provide documentary evidence before the annexure II for redevelopment of the slum is certified,” said the official.

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