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Scandalous law on land transformation adopted

The Parliament of Kyrgyzstan adopted amendments to legalize houses built on arable land. The bill will allow legalizing the land plots that were built up until July 31, 2009. These are about 40,000 plots throughout the country. Their total area is more than 13,000 hectares.

Earlier, the president returned the bill for revision, considering that the document unreasonably expanded the range of land plots that were not covered by the law "On the introduction of a moratorium on the transfer (transformation) of irrigated arable land to other categories of land and types of land."

A conciliation group was established. The parliament deputies considered the results of its work the day before. However, even the agreed version of the bill again caused a lot of criticism. Thus, the deputies believed that the land of the enclaves, territories with violations of contours and those territories that were supposed to be transformed according to general plans of cities, towns and rural administrations were not included into it. In addition, the deputies expressed concern that as a result second-hand dealers, but not law-abiding citizens might legalize construction on the arable land. However, the Vice Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov denied this information.     

"When the law is adopted, the people will not immediately get the right to legalize their homes. The government has created a register of all houses; the land on which they are located is subject to transformation. We will carefully check them. As for the lands that need to be transformed within the general plans of settlements, they will be transferred to a new category. In this issue, we will be guided by the resolutions of rural administrations on the transformation of land. We will again check all those on the list to study the situation in detail. If there are any legal proceedings on a land plot, it will not be included into the list," Kubatbek Boronov said.

Deputy Aitmamat Nazarov said that the biggest disputes were about the land plots in Alamudun and Sokuluk districts.

In the end, it was decided that the government would draft a separate bill on the transformation in those areas that were controversial, and would submit its proposal in the fall.

All 110 registered deputies voted for the bill. The document was sent for signature to the president.