Last Date ExtendedThe Tamilnadu Government has extended by 6 months, the last date for submission of Application for Regularisation of Unapproved Plots and Layouts, upto 3rd Nov 2018.(GO No.55 of 2018)
Background to the Ban on Registration of Unapproved PlotsIt all started with a PIL, filed in the Madras High Court, which sought to curb indiscriminate conversion of agricultural land into residential plots, and the registration of unapproved plots. During the course of the hearing, High Court came to know that there were no Provisions of Acts/Rules/Regulations till then, allowing any wetland lying fallow for more than three years to automatically get converted into residential or into other uses. This means, this conversion of Wetlands into Layouts whether Approved or Not is blatantly illegal. Further more, The Town and Country Planning Act has not given any powers to the Panchayats to Approve Layouts.Most of the Unapproved Layouts were, in fact, ‘Approved’ by Panchayats. It was in this background, on 21.10.2016, The Madras High Court imposed the Ban on Registration of Unapproved Plots. This was to prod the Government to Frame Rules and Regulations to Regularise the Unapproved Plots and Layouts, and to prevent recurrence of such activities in future.
Tamilnadu Government’s ResponseThe Tamilnadu Government took more than 6 months to Frame the Rules and Regulations. It was on 4th May 2017, the Government came out with two GOs,that has paved the way for the Court to Lift the Ban. 1) Regularisation of Unapproved Plots and Layouts Rules, 2017 2)Rules for change of land use from Agriculture to non-agriculture
Compulsory Regularisation of Unapproved Plots and LayoutsNow, with the Rules in place, Regularisation of a Plot is compulsory for getting EB connection, Building Plan Approval, Water and Sewerage Connection etc., according to the Rules.Also, if the Plot is not Regularised, it can’t be Transferred through a Registered Sale Deed, as Registration of such plots will not be allowed, after the deadline.
Response from the Public and Subsequent AmendmentsHowever, the Response to the Scheme from the public was lukewarm. It faced many criticism from stake holders. Officials on many occasions were not clear about how to proceed on this. In the light of this, the Government has by another GO sought to simplify certain issues. By this New GO 172 dated 13.10.2017
- Deadline was Extended to May 3, 2018
- Development Charges Reduced
- Open Space Reservation Charges Dropped
- All Layouts, irrespective of the number of Plots Sold, are eligible for Regularisation
- Old Layouts will be deemed as Regularised.