Pune News | Non-payment of transfer fee while changing use of zone; District collector orders administration to take action
PUNE: Pune News | District Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh has issued orders for mortgaging the lands of those individuals who have not paid the transfer fee of 15 per cent as per the ready reckoner rates while transferring use of industrial zone land for residential purpose according to section 20 of ULC Act.
While transferring the use of industrial land for residential purpose, it is mandatory to pay 15 per cent transfer fee as per ready reckoner rates to the state government. But there is a possibility that in more than 1,000 cases in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Pune district, the transfer fee may not have been paid. A question was raised on this issue in the state assembly. CM Shinde had admitted that the transfer fee had not been paid and hinted at action. Dr Deshmukh said, “While changing the use of industrial land for residential purpose, it was necessary to pay the transfer charges but it was not paid. In such cases, notices have been issued.
₹30 crore recovered in six cases
Sixty-eight such cases have come to light in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Talegaon Dabhade. After notices were issued, a sum of ₹29.37 crore was deposited with the state government in six cases.
Land located at important places
In Pune city, many lands located at Hadapsar, Gultekdi, Erandwane, Bopodi, Sangamwadi and Kothrud were made available for industrial use. At many places, residential complexes have been set up by changing zone use.
No response despite issuance of many notices
Transfer fee may have been unpaid in more than 1,000 cases
District collector orders administration to act
Despite reduction in transfer fee, it has not been paid
Earlier, the state government used to charge 100 per cent transfer fee as per the ready reckoner rates for change of zone cases. After opposition, 50 per cent concession was given in 2007. In 2019, the state government decided to levy 15 per cent of ready reckoner rates as transfer fee. However, many land owners have got their zones changed without paying the transfer fee.