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A proposal previously made by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) for an additional 20 percent discount in the sale of 2B land has been approved in Parliament.
Citizens who are not in a good financial situation and who are living on houses built on lands known as 2B -- land formerly classified as forests -- were formerly offered a 30 percent discount if they intended to purchase the land. Now they will be given an extra 20 percent discount after Parliament on Thursday approved a proposal by AK Party Muğla deputy Ali Boğa.
The law will be applied for land that does not exceed 400 square meters. For land larger than 400 square meters, landholders will be offered a discount of 30 percent -- but only for one piece of land for each landholder.
Boğa, who spoke to reporters after the law was approved in Parliament, said the law is aimed at providing landholders in need with greater opportunity to purchase their land. “The law will prevent our citizens from suffering from a loss of their rights. The main purpose of the law is to enable landholders to purchase the 2B land in the easiest way possible,” he stated.
The law also annuls an advance payment, which is up to TL 2,000, for landholders to apply for the purchase of 2B land. According to Boğa, the annulment will facilitate landholders to purchase their land.
The issue of opening 2B land up for development has been on Turkey's agenda for the past decade. The ruling and opposition parties, however, had failed to come to an agreement on the issue. In 2004 the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) tried to sell the 2B land, but its efforts were thwarted by former President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and the Republican People's Party (CHP), which petitioned the Constitutional Court to cancel the sale.
Parliament passed a law for the purchase of 2B land in April of last year.Last Mod: 31 Ocak 2013, 17:44