Recent move of Gujarat government to put into force Common Gujarat Development Control Regulation (GDCR) is facing resistance from various quarters. Before this regulation came into picture, each city or urban area in the state had its own GDCR. State policy maker’s ad-hocism while coming up with Common GDCR is the main point of contention among the various stake holders.
An important point in this Regulations is the provision of contribution of land by the owners/applicant of land in non-TP areas. As a result of this provision, farmers may lose 40% of land in non-town planning areas. It is feared that the new regulation will interfere in rural areas in a manner that can lead to chaotic development.
Further, conversion of agriculture land into non-agricutlure purpose is cumbersome. When an application for non-agricultural permission is made, the applicant is required to pay huge sum as conversion tax and other charges as scrutiny fee and development charges for getting permission.