BBMP approves issual of 'A' katha for revenue sites

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike on Tuesday approved the proposal to collect betterment charges and regularise properties and issual of ‘A’ katha for revenue sites converted for non-agriculture purpose.

The betterment charges fixed by BBMP are Rs 350 per sq mt for sites measuring up to 1,000 sq mt and Rs 350 for sites more than 1,000 sq mt. Properties on lands, acquired and converted by various government agencies including Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board  and Karnataka Housing Board can also avail ‘A’ khatha paying betterment charges.

The Palike has offered two payment options — either one-time payment or four instalments. Those opting for instalments will have to pay monthly interest. The move will help Palike generate at least Rs 300 crore.

The proposal to collect betterment charges had faced several hurdles in the past.
The BBMP had faced numerous litigations when people questioned the basis for fixing uneven betterment slab.

The High Court then directed BBMP to have uniform improvement charges, forcing the Palike to form a committee that could fix betterment charges proportionate to the expenditure made on providing basic amenities such as underground drains, electricity, road, side drain, water connection and sewage treatment plants, parks and playgrounds.

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