Transfer of benami land to govt almost over

The process to register 2,500 acres of benami land across the City in the government’s name is almost complete, according to Bengaluru Urban district authorities.

As documented by the A T Ramaswamy Committee report, many individuals have registered properties in their names by creating bogus documents. Based on this report, previous deputy commissioners had conducted hearings and even ordered that such land be registered as government property. But the orders were not implemented. Till now, such properties were in the names of different individuals.

Even the efforts to take custody of such properties had failed, mainly due to the influence of powerful people.

A senior district-level officer said, “Our efforts to recover government properties gained momentum after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah gave clear directions to wage a war on the land-grabbers.” With the chief minister himself pursuing all these cases, the district authorities have begun to scramble through the piles of records to register at least 2,500 acres of land in the government’s account, the officer added. The district authorities have so far recovered 2,500 acres and registered them as government property in revenue records.

Most importantly, in the last three months, ever since V Shankar took over as Bengaluru Urban deputy commissioner, at least 700 acres of land has been reclaimed across the City, that includes agriculture land, pasture land, storm water drain, hillocks and lakebed where residential and commercial buildings such as education institutes had come up. The district authorities, however, admit they have a long way to go before they take physical possession of at least 1,800 acres of land.
Misuse of ‘Bagair Hukum’

Of the 1,800 acres of land, at least 1,200 acres have been given illegally under the Bagair Hukum scheme.

It entailed a systematic conspiracy to encroach upon government property by creating bogus documents and get the land allotted under the Bagair Hukum scheme, which is actually meant for marginal or landless farm labourers. Most of the land was allotted in violation of the provisions of land grant under the Bagair Hukum scheme, that prohibit allotment of land within 18 km from the BBMP limits.

Since land prices outside 18 km from the BBMP limits have also skyrocketed, the government is contemplating revision of this scheme to prevent further misuse.

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