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Odisha  Government has taken a significant decision to granted freehold status to Land and houses allottees in the residential projects

Bhubaneswar:12/3/23: Odisha  Government has taken a significant decision to granted freehold status to Land and houses allottees in the residential projects completed by the DAs and OSHB. More than a lakh allottees will be benefited.

The Development Authorities (DAs) and Odisha State Housing Board (OSHB) have allotted land and houses to more than one lakh households in the Residential Projects on leasehold basis. The allottees of these land and houses are required to obtain NOCs from the competent authorities every time they intend to transact such properties. There are about 99 projects developed over Ac.2797.492 of land in the entire State and in the absence of any law for conversion of such properties to freehold status, the allottees are facing serious hardships for beneficial enjoyment of such properties. They have been consistently demanding such properties in to be granted freehold status

Even though there are provisions under the law, which allows conversion of leasehold land allotted by GA&PG Department to freehold status on payment of prescribed conversion fees, there is no such provision for conversion of land leased out by DAs and OSHB. In order to obviate the inconsistencies in the law and to fulfill the aspirations of the allottees, the Government has taken the following significant decisions:-

  • Land and houses allotted in the residential projects completed by the DAs and OSHB shall be granted freehold status.
  • Conversion fees amounting to ₹1107.81 Cr. Shall be waived out in favor of DAs and OSHB
  • DAs and OSHB shall collect the prescribed conversion fees from the allottees and allow conversion of leasehold properties to freehold status.
  • Necessary amendment in the extant laws shall be effected by R&DM Department to ensure implementation of the above decisions.
  • Freehold land shall be provided to DAs and OSHB for development of all the future residential projects.

All these citizen-centric decisions of the Government will benefit more than one lakh households allotted with leasehold properties by DAs and OSHB. Apart from that all the households intending to acquire the properties in the residential projects, to be developed by DAs and OSHB, in future will have the privilege of possessing and transacting such properties in a hassle-free manner without having to obtain permission from any one according to Housing & Urban Development sources.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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