Govt. to regularise property transfers in refugee colonies

The Maharashtra Cabinet on Monday cleared a proposal to set up a sub-committee to regularise residential and commercial property transfers without sanction in refugee colonies in the city and its suburbs. The colonies house migrants who travelled to Mumbai after Partition.

The regularisation will take place after paying transfer fee. The sub-committee will be headed by the revenue minister, while the relief and rehabilitation secretary will be the member secretary. It will include the education minister, industries minister, higher and technical education minister, and the minister of state, urban development department.

Maharashtra has 31 refugee colonies, and around 5,000 families live in Mumbai. The colony in Ulhasnagar is already under a cluster development scheme. Chembur Colony, Wadia Trust Estate in Kurla, Thakkar Bappa Colony in Chembur, Koliwada Colony in Sion, and Mulund Colony and Kopri Colony in Thane have been categorised as refugee colonies. The Sindhi and Punjabi communities in the city will benefit the most from the decision.

The refugees were given land through a compensation pool since they had left all their belongings in Pakistan and chose to stay in India.

The families have either transferred or sold their flats or commercial places to others, without the Collector’s approval. “It is impossible to cancel the transactions. Those will have to be regularised,” said an official.

In 2018, the State government approved a change to property cards in these areas to Class I, granting them freehold status and authorising the residents to sell, redevelop or rent their properties without the Collector’s approval. It specifically gave the occupants the right to redevelop their properties without seeking government permission. With Monday’s decision, previous transactions will be regularised, and redevelopment may get smoother.

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