Maharashtra To Scan 260 Million Land Records

Maharashtra government is planning to take up scanning of land records in all the districts. All land-related records will be preserved in a digital format at every tehsil office as well as at the state level. About 260 million documents are expected to be scanned. A pilot project for record scanning was implemented in Haveli taluka in Pune district.

The state government is also working on features like downloading and online payment gateway to obtain scanned copies of land records.

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Builder Fined Rs7 Lakh

The Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed Liberty Investments Pvt Ltd to pay Rs7.40 lakh to a Mumbai-based cooperative housing society (CHS) for failing to fulfil statutory obligations of forming a CHS and procuring various important documents.

The builder has also been ordered to refund Rs5.47 lakh that the CHS members had paid towards formation of the CHS, sewerage taxes and other costs incurred, over the years. Additionally, the builder will also have to procure the occupation certificate and execute the conveyance deed in favour of the CHS within a period of four months.

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Mumbai Has over 55,000 Illegal Buildings

The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has detected 56,266 illegal structures during 2008 and 2013. Of these, demolition was initiated for more than 45,000 structures.
For the other structures, legal battles are still going on, the civic body said in an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court. In the affidavit, the BMC has also said that there were 100 buildings in the city with major floor space index (FSI) violations.

In January 2014, the civic body silently demolished 11 illegal floors of Deshabhimani, a building in western suburb of Goregaon, away from media glare or sympathetic visits from politicians as was the case in the Campa Cola compound. There are more than 6,000 buildings in the city where residents are living without the mandatory occupation certificate.

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