Some of you might have read an article about Panchayat approval in Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Till date, most unapproved plots have generally been called Panchayat approved plots in and around Chennai by many developers.
To read more about the status of such plots, read Panchayat approval is illegal unapproved layout.
The number of such plots has been increasing across Tamil Nadu especially in Chennai where the approval processes carried out by agencies like Directorate of Town and Country planning (DTCP) and Chennai Metropolitan development authority (CMDA) take excruciatingly long time.
However, a new move is being taken to regularize the approval for such unapproved plots. This scheme will remain valid for two years from the date on which the government order is passed.
The proposal for regularizing unapproved layouts has been submitted to the government. As per this scheme, any unapproved plot seeking approval should have been already formed with at least one plot sold before the date of issuing the government order.
The plots that can seek approval under this scheme include plots that are owned by buyers or individual owners as well as plots owned by developers. However, a huge rush is expected for this process as the regularization fee is expected to be raised by 18 percent. This scheme will also take into account the road width, development charges to be levied and open space reservation. It is said that a minimum of 16 feet road is required for the regularization and in absence of such a road, the issue would be handled by the district collector on a case by case basis. This scheme is also limited to non-industrial zones. In the case of industrial zones, the district collector would make the decision on a case by case basis.
The fees for the regularization process depends on the locality. In corporation area, the charges are expected to be Rs. 10 per square feet and in municipal area, the fee is expected to be Rs. 7 per square feet. In town Panchayat, the fee has been scaled down to Rs. 5 per square feet and in village panchayat, it is expected to be around Rs. 3 per square feet.
Those areas that cannot get any approval under this scheme include archeological sites, heritage and monument zones, civil defence and aviation zones, and hill and coastal areas.