Sakrama to be implemented in a month's time

Revenue sites on farm lands excluded from regularisation scheme

Announcing this to reporters on Saturday, Transport Minister R Ashok said the officials have been directed to frame rules under the scheme at the earliest and take steps to implement it within a month. The State Legislature recently passed the Karnataka Town and Country Planning and Certain Other laws (Amendment) Bill for this purpose.

However, the government can implement the scheme only if Governor H R Bhardwaj gives his assent to the Bill. The Governor had earlier refused to promulgate an ordinance in this regard and had returned the ordinance, directing the government to place the Bill before Legislature.

An year’s time to apply

The State government has also decided to give an year’s time (from the date of issue of gazette notification) for people to apply for regularisation of constructions under the scheme. As per the original proposal, only three months was fixed for applying under the scheme, he added.

An estimated 15 lakh property owners will benefit from the scheme, which envisages to regularise building violations pertaining to Floor Area Ratio (FAR) and building by-laws and unauthorised layouts in the urban, local body limits across the State, including Bangalore. Up to 50 per cent of building (residential) violations will be regularised by imposing a one-time penalty. Different rates have been fixed for different categories of buildings. Penalty amount depends mainly on the sital area.

There will be no change in the penalty amount, and it will be as decided by the Cabinet sub-committee headed by Transport Minister R Ashok, who is also Bangalore in-charge Minister. But illegal revenue sites (sites formed on agriculture land) will not be regularised under the Sakrama scheme, he added.

Besides, the minister said the government would soon form a district-level committee of officials to implement a scheme to regularise illegal revenue sites (sites formed on agriculture land) across the State.

Though the State Legislature had passed the Karnataka Land Revenue (Second Amendment) Bill for this purpose in March, 2010, the scheme has not yet been implemented, added Ashok.

If one has constructed a building violating the by-law on an illegal revenue site, one has to first regularise the site under the provisions of the Karnataka Land Revenue (Second Amendment) Act. And later apply under the Sakrama scheme to regularise the building violations. The official committee will ensure smooth disposal of such cases, the minister explained.

The government is also planning to allow GPA holders to regularise their illegal revenue sites.

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