Sub-registrars of the Registration Department should ensure that at the time of registration of unapproved plots, regularisation orders of the local body concerned and in-principle clearance or approval of the Commissionerate of Town and Country Planning (CTCP) for plot framework are furnished along with applications for registration of the properties.
This advice has been conveyed by Principal Secretary-cum-Commissioner of Town and Country Planning Rajesh Lakhoni in a communication to Inspector General of the Registration Department Ka. Balachandran, who is also Principal Secretary of Commercial Taxes and Registration Department, in light of reports in sections of media about his office having recommended suspension of registration of unapproved plots.
Enclosing the communication, the IG sent a circular to all sub-registrars, District Registrars and Deputy IGs a few days ago.
Clarifying that no such recommendation had been made by the CTCP, the advice referred to an order of the State Housing and Urban Development of May 2017, which prescribed that for regularisation of unapproved plots and layouts, only layouts where at least one plot was sold and registrered prior to October 20, 2016 would be eligible.
Besides, registration of resale of unapproved plots, which were registered before the cut-off date, could happen as per the provisions of Section – 22A of the Registration Act. The section permits sub-registrars to refuse to register documents pertaining to sale or gift or mortgage or exchange or lease of unapproved hosuing sites or properties belonging to the State government or local authorities or religious institutions or donated to the Boodhan Yagna Board or the Wakf Board.