Built illegal floors? Pay double property tax

Built illegal floors? Pay double property tax

Many buildings constructed without due permissions have collapsed in the city, leading to deaths. DH File Photo

Owners who construct extra floors by violating the sanctioned building plan should get ready to pay double the property tax. 

The government is planning to amend the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976, to curb the rampant violation of construction norms that have led to the collapse of many buildings and resulted in several deaths. The Law Department is examining the draft amendment. 

Speaking to reporters at the BMRDA office on Friday, Bengaluru Development Minister G Parameshwara said the BBMP was the only municipal corporation in Karnataka that was not collecting double the property tax from errant owners. Allowing the BBMP this leeway requires amending the KMP Act, he added. 

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad spoke about the steps being taken to ensure an orderly development of the city. With the possibility of property owners going to court, he said the BBMP planned to collect half of the building's value as a security deposit. It has also recommended three months' imprisonment for officials who turn a blind eye to the building violations. 

But the BBMP could be barking up the wrong tree, feels Manjunath B S, a property owner. He says people do not approach BBMP officials before deviating from the plan simply because the latter demand bribes and do not move the files if their palms are not greased.