Penalty halved for legalising houses on govt land

Penalty halved for legalising houses on govt land

The Karnataka government has halved the penalty under a scheme to regularise houses built illegally on public land in urban and rural areas.

The penalty for regularising houses built illegally on government land measuring 20x30 square feet in Bengaluru and five other cities is now Rs 5,000 per unit, down from Rs 10,000. For SCs and STs, the penalty is Rs 2,500 per unit.

The government has invoked section 94C of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act to regularise houses built illegally on its land within 18 km in Bengaluru, 10 km in Belagavi, Kalaburagi, Hubballi-Dharwad, Mangaluru and Mysuru, 5 km in city municipal councils and 3 km in town municipal councils, Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimmappa told journalists here on Monday.

For rural areas, the government is invoking section 94CC of the same Act for regularising houses built illegally on its land. The penalty is Rs 1,000 for a house built on a plot measuring 1,200 square feet, Rs 2,000 for 2,400 square feet and Rs 3,000 for 4,000 square feet, he said. 

This apart, the government has extended the deadline for submitting applications for regularisation under both the provisions. The new deadline for urban areas is February 21 and rural areas February 27. The previous deadline was December-end 2016, the minister said.
DH News Service

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