Replying to a submission by MLA MM Mani, Rajan said that the rules being amended would be in cases where constructions were done within 15 cents for residential purposes where the area is less than 1,500sq ft. The assignees will have to prove that they have no other land at other places to avail this concession, the minister said.
The government has taken this policy decision after widespread constructions came to its notice in land assigned for agricultural purposes in Munnar, especially KDH, Chinnakanal, Pallivasal, Anaviratti, Vellathooval, Santhanpara, Bison Valley and Anavilasom villages.
In the case of Munnar, the court had intervened when the land awarded for agri purposes began to be widely used for construction activities, in violation of the law. The minister said that on the basis of the high court order, the government had made it mandatory for the revenue department to issue a no-objection certificate for construction in these villages. The department’s certificate makes it mandatory to mention the purpose for which land is being assigned.
The minister added that since the matter is sub-judice (before the high court), the law department has given its opinion that the government should take permission from the high court for amending the rules in this regard.