First of all, this being my first post on this forum, I wanted to say a quick “hi” to all the other members of this forum.
I am starting this new thread with 3 queries. I would be grateful if some member(s) could try to reply to these queries.
I am a farmer (though own agricultural land outside Maharashtra) and planning to purchase 1.25 acre of agricultural land approx. 50 kms. from the Mumbai city. This land is at the border of a concrete water naala (a water canal/water channel, also called a “neher” in Hindi). Please could someone clarify:
- Someone told me the land touching a water naalla is government land and secondly, upto 15 metres land from the naalla belongs to the government, while another person told me up to 30 metres land from a water naalla is government land. Please could someone clarify:
(A) What is the actual rule regarding the land touching a water naalla in Maharashtra i.e. is it up to 15 metres or up to 30 metres?
(B) The land is nearly Rs 3 lakhs per guntha. The farmer selling the land is claiming to leave a 15 feet land from the naalla (for making a road) and selling the remaining land to me. My concern is if the, let’s say, 15 metres (approximately 50 feet) land adjoining a water naalla is government land and the farmer is leaving 15 feet land from the water nalla for the purpose of road (giving a path), the farmer is still selling/charging me money for the remaining 35 feet (50 feet - 15 feet) land which technically may belong to the government.
Please could some expert/knowledgeable person in this field clarify what is the exact rule when selling an agricultural land touching a water naalla in Maharashtra?
I was, also told that a house can be built by a farmer for his personal use, if the agricultural land being purchased is more than one acre in Maharashtra. Please could someone let me know how much FSI is possible (i.e what can be the area e.g. 1500 square feet, 2000 square feet etc) when constructing a house on an agricultural land of more than 1 acre, esp. if the land is near a major city in Maharashtra? Secondly, are there any height restrictions (i.e. the house should not be more than 30 feet, 40 feet etc. tall) when constructing a house on an agricultural land in Maharashtra?
Lastly, and the most important, how do I 100% check/verify that the farmer has not sold this piece of land to some other party in the past? I have been told that a number of cases have surfaced where the farmer has sold the same land to 2 different parties.