Bengaluru: Will Akrama Sakrama scheme, for which all decks have been cleared, solve the B-Khata mess? Officials estimate that there are over three lakh B-Khata properties in the city. These are primarily properties that have been developed on non-converted agriculture lands, and owners are desperately hoping for a resolution.
However, rules of the Akrama Sakrama scheme are still open to interpretation. There is confusion over the regularisation of land use violations. The scheme allows for regularisation of land use violations, but the provisions are so vague that implementation hinges on the discretion of BBMP officials.
“It is very clear that land use violations can be regularised despite Comprehensive Development Plan zoning norms. We hope to find a one-time settlement for the B-Khatas in the city. Any property owner with B-Khata can apply for regularisation and it will be done. This will end the distortion in the city’s property market,” said M.K. Gunasekhar, chairman, Taxation and Finance Standing Committee, BBMP.
However, property consultants said that there are practical difficulties in regularising B-Khata properties. Many sites in revenue pockets do not have valid documents. There are even cases of a single site having multiple claimants.
“Regularising revenue sites individually will lead to duplication of khatas and other such misuse. BBMP needs to first draw up a map of these revenue layouts, assign site numbers and then go ahead with regularising all sites in the particular survey number,” says R. Ramesh, a property consultant.
Mr. Gunasekhar added that properties with commercial establishments operating in residential plots can also be regularised under the Akrama Sakrama scheme. This effectively undoes the recent circular by the civic body asking all illegal commercial establishments to close down.
Credits The Hindu