IGR orders cancellation of over 635 illegal land deals, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

IGR orders cancellation of over 635 illegal land deals, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate
PUNE: People work hard and spend their life earnings to chase the dream of an independent bungalow or farmhouse, with many purchasing small portions of agricultural land in the vicinity of Pune city. On the flipside, several self-acclaimed ‘land developers’ sell 1,000-10,000 square feet of land with lucrative offers — and are often in a nexus with revenue authorities, even helping buyers to register their names on property cards in property registration offices.

Sadly, the dreams of such buyers are often shattered. And in one such fell swoop of bad luck, the Inspector-General of Registration and Controller of Stamps, Pune (IGR) has recently has ordered the cancellation over 635 small land purchase deals along with their registration, over a rule that has been violated in their purchase.

The constructions on such properties will also be declared unauthorized and they will be demolished by the municipal corporation or local bodies concerned, as the deals were in direct violation of the Maharashtra (Prevention of Fragmentation and Consolidation of Holdings) Act, 1947. This act prohibits buying of agricultural land less than 11,000 sq ft. The act also suggests that non-agrarians cannot purchase any proportion of such land.

Going ahead, IGR also noticed that most violations has been reported from the joint sub-registrar Haveli No. 14 office in Bhosari, which covers a major area including Chinchwad, Akurdi, Mamurdi, Nigdi, Dehugaon Camp, Marinagar, Rinhal, Chincholi, Vithalnagar, Kivale, Rawet, Rahatani, Kalewadi, Kalas, Khadki Camp, Chikhali, Charholi Budruk, Talwade, Dapodi, Dighi, Dudulgaon, Bopodi, Bopkhel, Borawadi, Moshi and more.

As a part of action, Pune IGR Shravan Hardikar has suspended joint sub-registrar LA Bhosale for allowing illegal sale deeds of such plots and violating codes of registration.

The IGR action comes following complaints of illegal registrations being carried out in the city in connivance with officials. As part of this probe, as many as 3,00,000 documents registered at 27 sub-registrars’ offices over the past three years have been searched and verified.

Deputy IGR, Omprakash Deshmukh said, “There were complaints regarding registration of properties of some unauthorised constructions and of illegal plotting. The complaints were limited to one or two sub-registration offices, but after verifying and investigating all 27 offices under our jurisdiction, we found it rampant. We are investigating all documents under my supervision and a report will be submitted to the government soon.”

On condition of anonymity, a member of the IGR squad said, “Apart from illegal guntha land deals, the office is also investigating scores of bogus property registrations in violation of the Real Estate Regulation and Development Act, 2016 (RERA). So far, we have found 195 such projects that conduct registration of flat buyers without RERA registration. According to the information available, a number of complaints were related to the registrar office (Haveli No, 3) in Magarpatta-Hadapsar, where scores of documents were registered in complete violation of RERA,” he said.

The IGR authority also appealed to citizens willing to buy bungalow plots to carry out title verification before going for any such deal in fringe villages around Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. “It is the responsibility of property owners to ensure that all their documents are legally verified and authentic,” insisted revenue officials.

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