'Govt will soon issue ordinance on Akrama-Sakrama'

Addressing reporters in here on Friday, Transport Minister R Ashok, who headed a Cabinet sub-committee to finalise the scheme, said the ordinance would be promulgated within the next 15 days.

He said the government had planned to discuss the scheme and bring the necessary amendments to the relevant laws in the legislature earlier this week. However, the Opposition had stalled the proceedings, he alleged.

The Cabinet had decided last month that the scheme would be applicable to  illegal constructions and unauthorised sites and layouts that have come up till December 3.
The scheme will provide a one- time opportunity for an estimated seven lakh building/site by-law violators in Bangalore alone, besides five lakh violators in other urban pockets across the State to regularise their construction, Ashok said.

The penalty for violations of building laws and construction of unauthorised structures on revenue sites would range between Rs 5,000 (for minor violations) and Rs 2.10 lakh. The maximum penalty that the owner of a building would have to pay on an unauthorised residential site measuring 20 X 30 feet will be Rs 45,000 (zone A) and Rs 30,000 for zone B. For a owner of building on 30 X40 feet unauthorised site, the maximum penalty will be Rs 90,000 (zone A) and Rs 60,000 (zone B). For a owner of a building on site measuring 40 x 60 feet, the maximum penalty will be Rs 2.1 lakh (zone A) and Rs 1.8 lakh (zone B).

Even if the penalty for total violation (layout, site and building) exceeds the cap, the applicant will have to pay only the maximum amount applicable. The zones are classified by jurisdictional urban bodies based on the property value.

BBMP elections
Replying to queries, Ashok said the government was keen that BBMP elections are held as per schedule. The government would work towards vacating the stay granted by the Supreme Court on the implementation of Karnataka High Court court order related to the reservation of wards.
Tenders for garbage clearance would also be called soon after clearing legal hurdles, he added.

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