Putting a control on land use pattern, the government has made it mandatory that certificates from village offices should specifying the land use in the title deed for issuing building permit to commercial constructions in Idukki.
The order issued by Anil Kumar G., under secretary, on September 25 specifically put an end to commercial constructions on agriculture land, especially in Devikulam taluk, which witnessed a spurt in illegal constructions, including in encroached land.
The order said that it was made mandatory, as per a High Court order, on framing rules for commercial constructions. It said that permits for commercial buildings should be issued only after receiving the certificate from the respective village offices specifying for which purpose the title deed was issued.
Large-scale conversion of agricultural land was recently witnessed in Marayur and Kanthallur villages for its commercial value in the proximity of Munnar. District Collector H. Dinesan had recently banned conversion of agriculture land in Marayur where the land mafia had filled the sugarcane fields for selling them as plots for commercial buildings.
In Wagamon also large-scale commercial buildings came up in the absence of control on using the agriculture land for other purposes.
An official of the Revenue Department told The Hindu on Sunday that the order received on Saturday would have a far-reaching effect and would control the resort mafia investing in commercial buildings. He, however, said that instead of the blanket ban, the zonation prescribed in the Gadgil report would have been more effective as the constructions would do no environmental damage.
He said that in Pallivasal and adjoining areas of Munnar, there was a spurt in commercial buildings. The order did not specify on the commercial buildings already constructed violating the rules in the title deeds, he said.
The order said that the permit for commercial building in future would be given only after receiving the certificate specifying for which the land should be used. There was already a rule in Devikulam taluk making it mandatory that no-objection certificates from the Revenue Department was needed for constructions.
The new order made it effective in the entire district.