Sakrama issue to come up before Cabinet

The Cabinet, which is likely to meet in the next couple of days, is expected to approve the draft bill. After the bill is adopted in the legislature, people will have three months time to apply for regularising their illegal buildings.

The sub-committee, which held its final meeting on Wednesday, was chaired by transport minister R Ashok. BWSSB Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu, City MLAs, advisor to the CM on urban affairs Dr A Ravindra, Urban Development Secretary Thangaraj and other officials of the Urban Development Department attended the meeting.
Official sources said the bill could not be taken up in the previous meeting because of the objections raised by some Congress leaders and a few others. The issues raised by them were discussed once again by the sub-committee.

In the light of the objections, the sub-committee again compared the Sakrama-2005 and Sakrama-2007 with this year's Sakrama and the members were satisfied that the rates are quite low, the sources added. There were no discussions on slashing the rates further.

According to an estimate, in Bangalore, there are around five lakh illegal properties. As the government has banned registration of revenue land, people bought land on general power of attorney and constructed houses on them. This Akrama Sakrama scheme is expected to give them respite.

Mayor’s tenure
The Kasturirangan Committee report, which was gathering dust, came up for discussion in the  sub-committee meeting.

One of the important recommendations of the Kasturirangan Committee is that the tenure of Mayor be extended from 11 months to five years as it is affecting the progress by not giving enough chance to the Mayor to execute his plans. But BWSSB minister Katta Subramanya Naidu opposed it. He was of the opinion that the tenure could be extended to two years.

The Kasturirangan Committee had recommended for the restructuring the legislative framework for the governing bodies of Bangalore metropolitan region like BBMP, BDA, BWSSB and BMRDA. The fallout of restructuring these bodies was discussed at length.

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