Touts, BBMP officials snare land owners

Touts, BBMP officials snare land owners

Touts, BBMP officials snare land owners

The lure of lucre has been driving gullible property owners to illegally obtain fake A khatas, a scam  rampant in the newly-added areas of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

The A khata scam that has come out in the open in Bommanahalli zone, is the result of a vicious nexus between  corrupt officials and touts, who make B khata property owners fall into the trap willingly or unwittingly.

The offer touts make is irresistible to property owners: Price of their properties will double once B khata is (illegally) converted into A khata. For instance, cost of a 30x40 sq ft B khata plot in Bommanahalli which cost, say Rs 50 lakh, will double to Rs 1 crore in the property market once it becomes A khata property.

Properties with B khata (they are called so because they are recorded in the B register of the BBMP for the sake of keeping an account of property tax collection) are illegally formed without obtaining necessary approvals from various government agencies.  Normally, B khata properties are formed without converting the land use from agriculture to non-agriculture or without obtaining approval for the layout plan from the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). Whereas, A khata or A register properties would have received all necessary legal clearances.

According to official sources in the BBMP, touts offer a complete package deal to the B khata property owners – from getting fake A khata from the BBMP to finally selling the property at a lucrative price.

For a 30/40 sq ft plot, the deal is for anywhere between Rs 8 to 10 lakh – again, cost of the deal varies depending on the nature of violation involved while forming the B khata plot. Normally, touts charge more if a property is formed without land use conversion (also called DC conversion in common parlance).