Karnataka to regularise houses built on govt land

MYSURU: Revenue minister Kagodu Thimmappa on Tuesday said that the government will extend ownership documents to house owners who have built houses on government land both in urban and rural areas.

According to him, around 10 lakh properties are located on the government land across the state. He, however, clarified that properties constructed on feeder canals to water tanks will not be regularized. Owners need to apply seeking ownership, which will be vetted by the local authorities before issuing the documents. The minister told reporters that he has set December deadline for the revenue officials to complete the survey and extension of documents under the Akrama-Sakrama scheme.

Similar to the regularization of encroached land in forest fringes and allotment of land documents under the bagar hukum scheme, the government is issuing ownership documents to house owners who have built houses on government land, he said, defending the move. Houses constructed before 2013 will be considered.

The minister admitted that the collective failure of the revenue officials has led to large scale encroachment in the state and said, “It will not be allowed now.” Officials from village accountants to tahsildars have failed to stop encroachment of the public land. “This has led to many problems, which I will not tolerate. I have told them,” he stated.

The minister said 69% of sowing activities have been completed in Mysuru district, which is facing drought-like situation owing to lack of rainfall. The revenue officials along with the agriculture department and taluk panchayats will hold mass contact programmes in hoblis in a move aimed at addressing the concerns of people.

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