Putting an end to the impasse over implementation of Akrama-Sakrama, the state government on Saturday decided to invite applications from property owners for regularisation of illegal properties within the limits of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). A high-level meeting of BBMP, BDA and Urban Development department chaired by CM Siddaramaiah resolved to give four months time to the public to submit their applications for regularisation.
Following the Karnataka High Court’s direction to go ahead with the implementation of Akrama-Sakrama scheme, the state government, after resolving a few technical issues within the scheme, has finally decided to issue an official notification inviting applications from the public. Addressing media persons, Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George said, “The government has set a deadline of four months to submit applications by the public. Those properties built before 19 October 2013 are eligible for regularisation.” Elaborating further, George said, “There will not be any change in the fee structure which is based on the guidance value of the property. All residential properties with 50 per cent deviation and commercial properties with 25 per cent deviation will be eligible to apply under the scheme. Public can submit their applications online as well as manually at BBMP offices. Any property, which has deviation and had failed to apply under the scheme, will be mapped and mercilessly demolished after the end of the deadline.” When asked about the expected revenue, George clarified, “It will only be known after the end of deadline based on the number of applications received.”
Legal battle continues
Even though the government has decided to go ahead with Akrama-Sakrama, the legal battle by NGOs and activists is likely to continue, according to sources. The same was conveyed to the CM by the Mayor during the meeting. Speaking to reporters, Mayor G Padmavathi said, “We requested the CM to allow regularisation of all properties rather than inviting applications and then conducting a screening process. But the CM was of the opinion that the decision must benefit the poor and the middle classes as well. I think the deadline of four months to submit applications is also likely to be deferred as the public might approach the court after the four-month deadline and get an extension.”
While civic organisations, NGOs and activists are preparing to challenge the HC verdict and scheme in the Supreme Court, the state government according to sources has already filed a caveat and decided to go ahead with the project. Sources in BBMP revealed that about 80 per cent of properties across Bengaluru have deviated from the sanctioned plan. Officials have blindly estimated that there are close to about 10 lakh properties within BBMP limits that have violated rules. BBMP hopes to rake up about Rs 10,000 crore revenue under the scheme.
Credits Bangalore Mirror