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Updated: May 9, 2014 02:44 IST

Akrama-Sakrama to come into force after Lok Sabha results

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Vinay Kumar Sorake
Vinay Kumar Sorake

The State government is all set to implement the Akrama-Sakrama scheme to regularise building bylaw violations and land use in urban areas after the Lok Sabha poll results are out, said Minister for Urban Development Vinay Kumar Sorake here on Thursday.

Notified

Addressing presspersons after a review meeting, the Mr. Sorake said, as per the directions of the Karnataka High Court, the government had notified the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (Regulation of Unauthorised Development and Constructions) Rules 2013. “We have submitted the new draft rules to the court and now the file is with the Chief Minister. The implementation has been kept in abeyance because of the Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

The scheme seeks to regularise up to 50 per cent violation of setback norms and permissible floor area ratio in residential buildings, and up to 25 per cent in non-residential buildings. Any violation above this would attract demolition.

The Minister said lakhs of properties could be regularised under the scheme in eight municipal corporations governed under the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act 1976, 44 city municipal councils, 94 town municipal councils, 68 town panchayats and six notified area committees governed by the Karnataka Municipalities Act, 1964. “We are expecting an estimated revenue of Rs. 32,000 crore through this scheme. The money will be used for the development of the respective urban local bodies,” he said.

Revision

He said the government had revised the cut-off-date — from December 2, 2009 to October 19, 2013 — for unauthorised properties eligible for regularisation.

Under the scheme, violations pertaining to setback, floor area ratio (FAR), non-conversion of agricultural land and formation of unauthorised layouts and sites under urban local bodies (ULBs), including Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), are eligible for regularisation.

Fee structure

Under the new rules, up to 25 per cent violation in residential buildings will attract a fee of 6 per cent of the total guidance value of the property (either land or built-up area).

For violations between 25 and 50 per cent, a fee of eight per cent of the guidance value has been fixed.

For non-residential buildings, regularisation charges will be 20 per cent of the guidance value for less than 12.5 per cent violation and 35 per cent for violations between 12.5 per cent and 25 per cent.

‘Chalk out plans’

Earlier, the Minister said he had directed the Mayors and Commissioners of all urban local bodies to chalk out plans of action for the coming year by June, so that the available funds could be utilised in the same year.

“In several corporations, allocations made through the State Finance Commission (SFC) and 13th Finance Commission had not been utilised for the last three years,” he said.

Vacancies

The Finance Department has cleared the Urban Development Department’s proposal for filling up the existing 2,300 vacancies. The process of recruitment would begin shortly, he said.

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