Dist minister allays fears of demolition of houses

Dist minister allays fears of demolition of houses

Minister S A Ramdas interacting with the people who had built houses on revenue or agricultural lands at Nanjaraja Bahadur Choultry in Mysore on Monday. DH Photo

The medical education and district in-charge minister gave a patient hearing to the woes of the people who are served with notices to vacate the government land in 10 months, pay an immediate penalty of Rs 1,000 and Rs 250 per day till they vacate the agricultural or revenue land.

At a programme organised at the premises of Nanjaraja Bahadur choultry here, he said the government has asked the deputy commissioner’s office to stop serving notices on such cases. “There are over 78,000 cases in the district where houses have been built in without alienation process or on the revenue land. The Akrama-Sakrama bill of the government aims to solve such violations that have happened all over the state. But, the bill awaits the approval of Governor. The government will press for the early assent to the bill and hope the bill will come into effect in next few months,” Ramdas told the gathering of anxious house owners from various parts of city.

He revealed that the district administration has issued notices based on the survey done few years ago. Hence, owners who have built houses in recent days have not received the notice whereas other houses have got the notices in the same area. “It do not mean that the new houses have not violated the rule. Any house is strictly under the law when they are accountable to the municipal corporation and pay taxes. Until then, they are considered illegal though the house owners have been paying taxes to the grama panchayat or have been given basic services like water and electricity,” the minister said.

Govt bill

The government came out with the Akrama-Sakrama bill after more than two and half decades of debate and fight by the aggrieved people. However, the bill is stuck with the Governor’s office as the latter has refused to give his approval to the bill. The state is making all efforts to convince the Governor about the benefits of Akrama-Sakrama.

If Governor sticks to his stand, then the people have to sit on a dharna in front of Raj Bhavan to demand for their rights, Ramdas stated.

As a temporary solution, the minister asked the house owners to pay Rs 1,000 demand draft as penalty in the name of Tahasildar. The DD’s can be submitted with the deputy commissioner or tahasildar’s office or in the office of village accountant.

He warned people against imposters – who deceive people asking them to pay for higher penalty in return for regularisation of property.

Earlier, the residents of Belavatha, Alanahalli and other grama panchayat limits surrounding the city where notices have been served poured out their owes before the district in-charge minister.

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