Press Esc to close
Friday 24 October 2014
News updated at 3:47 PM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Betterment charges to give permanent khata

Last updated: 23 October, 2010
Bangalore, October 22, DHNS:

But revenue land must still be regularised under Akrama-Sakrama

As the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) gears up to implement betterment charges, citizens may heave a sigh of relief as B khata owners can now get a permanent title deed, A khata, by paying the same.

However, senior BBMP officials have placed a rider by stating that ‘A’ khata alone cannot be considered as regularising the property. “Even if they pay the betterment charges and get their ‘B’ khata converted into ‘A’ khata, property owners will still have to get their land regularised under Akrama-Sakrama,” informed a Palike official.

The ‘A’ khata will give the citizens right to display their name in the revenue pockets of the City, largely located on the outskirts of the Palike jurisdiction.

As part of the betterment charges, the Taxation and Finance Committee has proposed a series of improvement rates to be implemented on converted revenue land.


According to the Committee’s proposal, owners of converted revenue sites measuring 222.96 sq m (60 x 40) will be charged Rs 250 per sq m, while those owning 111 sq m (30 x 40) will be burdened with Rs 200 per sq m. While the proposal is not final, it is likely to be placed before the BBMP Council for approval.

Revenue downsized

Meanwhile, senior officials in the BBMP have downsized the expected revenue from the betterment charges with only six months left to accrue the revenue. Moreover, the BBMP does not have a survey of the converted revenue land in its jurisdiction of 800 sq km.
While the estimates from betterment charges were placed at Rs 120 crore in the Budget, the Palike may accrue only about Rs 100 crore if the charges are implemented this financial year.

With rates fixed at the above prices, the BBMP is trying hard to accrue as much as Rs 150 crore in the current financial year. But officials state that it may be hard to get the estimated amount with half the financial year complete and with no survey of the converted revenue sites. “We may be able to get Rs 100 crore at the minimum as opposed to the revised estimates of Rs 150 crore from the betterment fee,” informed a Palike source.

The betterment charges proposed by the Committee will now be placed before the BBMP Council for its approval before being implemented.

The charges are being contemplated after a long drawn legal battle between the State and the citizens disputing that rules were yet to be framed for the charges to be levied on properties.

Subsequently, the State Government, after nearly three years, framed the rules and passed a Government Order (GO) on February 3, this year, asking the BBMP to start collecting the fees.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Hindu priest performs evening prayers called 'Aarti' on the banks of the river Yamuna...

Hindu priest performs evening prayers called 'Aarti' on the banks of the river Yamuna...

Dakshineswar Temple decorated with lights for the Kali Puja and Diwali at North 24 Pargana...

Dakshineswar Temple decorated with lights for the Kali Puja and Diwali at North 24 Pargana...

Firecrackers light up the sky as people celebrate Diwali festival in Mumbai...

Firecrackers light up the sky as people celebrate Diwali festival in Mumbai...

School students lighting earhen lamps at Tulsi Ghat in Varanasi...

School students lighting earhen lamps at Tulsi Ghat in Varanasi...

A view of decorated Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium with oil lamps during Deepwali festival...

A view of decorated Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium with oil lamps during Deepwali festival...

Illuminated Golden Temple on the eve of Diwali in Amritsar...

Illuminated Golden Temple on the eve of Diwali in Amritsar...

Children with special needs light firecrackers as they celebrate Diwali...

Children with special needs light firecrackers as they celebrate Diwali...

Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers enjoy Diwali celebrations on the eve of Diwali...

Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers enjoy Diwali celebrations on the eve of Diwali...

Hindu priests light oil lamps in a formation of the 'Swastika', a Hindu symbol of peace...

Hindu priests light oil lamps in a formation of the 'Swastika', a Hindu symbol of peace...

A Border Security Force (BSF) soldier lights sparklers on the eve of Diwali...

A Border Security Force (BSF) soldier lights sparklers on the eve of Diwali...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523