Few takers for conveyance deed
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The cooperative department has complained of poor response to its intensified drive to get societies to register the conveyance deed, a legal document to effect a transfer of property and show the legal right to possess it. It claims that only 2,892 societies have shown interest till now. To cover the rest of the 10,629 societies, the department now plans to arrange personal visits by officials and has even prepared advertisement jingles and films to draw their attention.
"We are seeing very poor response from societies even after continuously urging them to come forward and register the conveyance deed. The department has appointed people to go and personally visit these societies and make them fill up forms. We have also readied short films encouraging people to come forward for the drive," said District Deputy Registrar Kiran Sonawane.
As far as deemed conveyance deeds are concerned, 263 cases had come to the department. While orders have been issued in case of 156, the process is on for the rest. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had mooted the drive in December 2012 to clear this backlog.
While the department did reach out to local corporators and MLAs regarding the drive, they now have representatives being sent out to each society with the forms to get hands-on details on the status of conveyance deeds. "This will help us boost our drive and once we have the details we can initiate them into doing the conveyance," added Sonawane.
In societies where builders are not agreeing, he said, deemed conveyance cases are coming up and the department would like to reach out and help these societies. With builders eying extra floor space index (FSI), transfer of development rights and redevelopment of old buildings, delay in the processing of conveyance deeds is a usual trend.
Cooperative officials said an exclusive advertisement had been prepared to be aired to bring about more awareness. A blatant violation of the Maharashtra Ownerships Flats Act of Section 10/11 regarding formation of society and transfer of land is rampant, and the officials feel these advertisements and jingles are bound to increase awareness. The jingles and the advertisement have been recorded by the department officials.
"We have mentioned all rules and regulations and our helpline numbers so that people can reach us," said an official. In case of normal registration, the societies are supposed to come with the normal set of documents while in case of deemed conveyance the three departments — records, registrar of stamps and cooperation — will take up the cases in one or two hearings in a special drive until June 30 this year. The district will have a committee headed by the district collector.
The cooperative department is currently readying a district-wise detailed database of housing societies, plots and bungalows. Of the total 80,000 societies in the state, nearly 20,000 have received the conveyance deeds. The helpline number is 25537617.
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