NAGPUR: For the last five months, over 500 plot owners are running between Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for getting regularization letter (RL).
Despite paying the requisite RL charges to NMC, the plot owners have been asked by the NIT to pay it again as the civic body has cited inability to transfer the revenue it received for issuing the RLs to the trust.
Municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B assured to resolve the issue soon. NIT chairman Manoj Kumar Suryawanshi too said the issue will be sorted out with the NMC. Guardian minister Nitin Raut said he has not received any complaint in this regard. “I will resolve the dispute between the NMC and NIT,” he said.
Former standing committee chairman and corporator Vijay Zalke told TOI, “The state government had, on August 27, 2019, made the NMC sole planning authority for the city. All pending applications for regularization of layouts and plots along with building plan sanction were handed over to the NMC by the NIT itself. It was only after that the NMC regularized one layout, several plots and sanctioned building plans.”
Zalke added that after completing the process, NMC issued demand notes to plot owners for RL charges. “In the meantime, government on April 9, 2021, restored powers of the NIT as planning authority for seven schemes. By this time, over 500 plot owners had paid the charges to the NMC, but the process to release the RLs was pending,” he said.
“After the government decision, NMC handed over all pending cases to the NIT. It was the responsibility of NIT to release the RLs after verifying receipts issued by the NMC. However, NIT did not release the RLs and instead demanded charges from the plot owners,” he said.
“The plot owners had submitted applications and paid the charges to the planning authority of the day, i.e NMC. As they have already paid the charges, NIT should release the RLs immediately,” said Zalke.
Sources in the NIT claimed Raut wants the NMC to deposit the charges paid by the plot owners with the civic agency.”
Sources in the NMC said Raut is supporting the NIT as Congress’s rival party BJP is ruling the NMC. “There is no provision to transfer NMC revenue to other agencies,” the source added.
Zalke said, “The then BJP government had appointed NMC sole planning authority of the city. However, the MVA government reverted the decision.”
After NIT areas were brought under NMC control, the civic body has regularized one unauthorized layout, issued RLs to 1,244 plots and sanctioned building plans on 2,140 plots.
The state government’s back and forth over the jurisdiction has resulted in disputes between the NMC and NIT.
TOI had reported how plot owners in a few layouts in green belt schemes are running from pillar to post as there is no clarity whether the NMC or the NIT is the planning authority for the area. Tussle between the two authorities is also continuing over maintenance of gardens and playgrounds.