Land parcels that have so far been stuck in issues revolving around the Urban Land Ceiling Act (ULCA) in Maharashtra may finally be streamlined as the state government plans to take action on it on a priority basis, CM Devendra Fadnavis has said.
“When I assumed office, there were 28,000 pending files, concerning the ULCA issue. I wanted to clear 14,000 files in one year, which will need clarity on our policy regarding the ULCA,” Fadnavis said.
“We have decided to take opinion from the solicitor general of India,” the CM said. “If we cannot reach a conclusion in a timely manner, we will come up with transparent guidelines regarding the disputed land parcels,” he added.
Apex real estate bodies, such as Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry and Confederation of Real Estate Developer’s Associations of India are of the opinion that the government should charge developers who have projects that come under the jurisdiction of the ULCA a premium. “Developers liable to surrender excess land can pay a 20-30% premium to the government and get on with their lives,” said Sunil Mantri, president of National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO).
In 2007, when ULCA was repealed in Maharashtra, then CM Vilasrao Deshmukh had said that scrapping the Act meant as much as 1,234 acre prime land (in the Mumbai metropolitan region) being freed up. At the time, an estimate by property consulting firm Knight Frank had pegged total area of land free for development across Maharashtra at 15,000-16,000 acres over 2-3 years. However, even though the Act was repealed, confusion over the terms of the repeal had been a major overhang for developers and landowners in the past eight years.