Alert home buyers, illegal buildings in Bangalore?

In the last decade, real estate has changed the city’s scenario. It has also witnessed a number of illegal structures rampantly coming up on which neither the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) nor the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has any control. A recent inspection conducted by the civic agency noticed that high-rise apartments have come up even in places where there is no proper access road. Despite being aware of the illegal constructions, officials of the town planning department and the engineers concerned have turned their back on it.

The scene is the same across the city, but the standing committee on town planning found that ward-level engineers are working at the behest of builders, especially in Bommanahalli zone attached to the tech-corridor. As a result, Electronics City is the most affected. The zone has a population of 4.31 lakh with 1,39,312 households.

The committee has recommended complaints against builders with the Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF). It also recommended that officials write to bankers stating that they should ensure all rules are complied with before sanctioning loans for projects.

Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, CR Lakshminarayana, chairman for the standing committee said it is a serious fact that illegal constructions are happening in the city rampantly. Banks should not fund projects that have deviated from their sanctioned plan. “The committee has recommended that BBMP adopt several methods to check this. Accordingly, we have asked departmental heads to write to all banks to obtain no-objection certificates from the assistant executive engineer before sanctioning loans. If the said construction is undertaken by deviating from approved plan, then banks should not fund the project,” said Lakshminarayana.

He also said, “Let the BBMP commissioner take a call on the issue. When the engineers are not initiating action against illegal constructions, who will be held responsible? There is no control over builders. Road width is hardly maintained, and after obtaining permission for ground plus three floors, they are constructing two extra floors. All this is putting a burden on roads, sewage lines and other civic amenities.”

Display sanction plan

Meanwhile, the committee also noticed that builders are not only violating the sanctioned plan but are also not displaying the plan at site during the construction stage, which is mandatory. “Forget about the display of sanctioned plan, even labour safety is ignored. If the sanctioned plan is displayed, then the buyer will know about the legality or not of the building,” Lakshminarayana added.

DOCUMENTS TO CHECK BEFORE BUYING

A buyer should check the following documents before showing interest in a property:

1. Parent deed
2. Building plan sanction
3. Khata certificate
4. Khata extract (there is nothing called ‘B’ Khata)
5. Encumbrance certificate
6. Commencement certificate (given only after it is found that the foundation is according to sanctioned plan)
7. Occupancy certificate (issued only after construction is perfect and meeting the plan)
8. Compounding fee (it shows that fees is paid for regularising any deviation from the sanctioned building plan)
9. Joint development agreement and GPA sharing agreement.

ALERT FOR FLAT BUYERS

Sarovar and Mithra Enclave, the two apartments in question, have violated setback norms. Even Mithra Enclave has violated the sanction plan and constructed one extra floor. The committee has recommended demolition of the illegal floor.

It also noticed that Gokula Nandana Residency in Narayananagar near Doddakallasandra does not have a sanctioned plan. The committee has recommended disconnection of power and sewage connections provided by Bescom and BWSSB, respectively.

The committee also found that RM Developers, which is constructing Sri Sai Comforts in Konankunte, has encroached upon a public road, drain and footpath by covering them with a compound wall. The entire apartment is full of violations. Hence, the committee recommended a complaint against the developer with the BMTF police station.

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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