One year later, NMRDA has yet to sign PMAY rental deeds | Nagpur News

Nagpur: Even though PMAY beneficiaries were granted possession of apartments more than a year ago, Nagpur Metropolitan Area Development Authority (NMRDA) did not sign a lease deed with them . This will add a financial burden of more than 64,000 rupees to them.
This is apparent from a letter written by BJP East Nagpur MP Krishna Khopde to Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis a few days ago.
“Homeless people have been allocated apartments by the central government and state governments under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). The government also gave them subsidies. The beneficiaries – poor and mostly working people – face the daunting task of paying high stamp duty for the lease deed, which they cannot afford. Therefore, they should be facilitated by the lease deed at a nominal stamp duty of Rs 1,000,” Khopde wrote in the letter.
NMRDA and BJP state chairman Chandrashekhar Bawankule also wrote letters on May 14 and September 17, respectively, to the government asking for the same, Khopde’s letter said.
Stamp duty is charged approximately 7% of the total value of the apartment in the city. The total cost of a PMAY apartment is Rs9.15 lakh, hence the stamp duty amount is Rs64,050.
A few beneficiaries told TOI, “We had to borrow to pay Rs 6.65 lakh to NMRDA. The majority of us have obtained loans at higher interest rates and paying the equivalent monthly installments (EMI). Even though we paid a one-time maintenance fee of Rs 25,000, the possibility of incurring other such costs cannot be ruled out as the build quality is very poor.
“Even after paying the full amount, many facilities were not provided in the apartments. Gram panchayat asks us to pay a property tax of 1300 rupees. Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has also issued a sight note asking for Rs 505 as land rent. We also have to pay for electricity and drinking water,” they said.
“The apartment scheme is located on the outskirts of town, so we had to buy two-wheelers for commuting and also spend on fuel. We are already in deep trouble and can no longer afford to bear any additional financial burden,” they said.
Beneficiaries had paid Rs1,000 to Rs2,000 as registration fees when submitting applications.
NMRDA officials say the government has been asked to exempt recipients from paying stamp duty. “We will follow any decision made by the government,” they said.
While granting property rights, the government had taken a conscious decision to exempt slum dwellers who set up slums by encroaching on land owned by the state or its agencies from paying any charges – cost of land , land rent or stamp duty. However, similar exemptions have been ignored in the case of PMAY recipients.

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