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Akrama-Sakrama: panel for 50 per cent cut in penalties

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Cabinet subcommittee’s recommendations to come up for discussion shortly

Bangalore: The Cabinet Subcommittee for Regularisation of Unauthorised Constructions in the State, which met here on Tuesday, has recommended slashing of penalty rates applicable under the earlier Akrama-Sakrama Scheme by nearly 50 per cent.

Minister for Transport R. Ashok, who is in-charge for Bangalore North and is also chairman of the subcommittee, said the penalty for violations of building laws and unauthorised structures on revenue sites would range between Rs. 5,000 (for minor violations) to Rs. 2.10 lakh. Further, people could seek regularisation over a six-month period (once the implementation of the scheme is announced) as against the earlier three-month period.

Details

The penalty that the owner of a building on an unauthorised residential site measuring 20 feet by 30 feet may have to cough up will vary between Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 45,000 compared to the Rs. 72,000 which was fixed earlier.

For a 30 feet by 40 feet unauthorised site, the penalty will range between Rs. 60,000 and Rs. 90,000 compared to the Rs. 1.62 lakh fixed earlier.

For a site measuring 40 feet by 60 feet, the penalty will vary between Rs. 1.80 lakh and Rs. 2.10 lakh compared to the Rs. 4.23 lakh suggested earlier.

The penalties, which were earlier roughly 15 per cent of the guideline values of the properties, have now been reduced to eight per cent.

The Akrama-Sakrama Scheme, formulated during the H.D. Kumaraswamy regime, could not be implemented following stringent opposition from people over high penalty rates.

The then Government had amended the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act to bring forth the regularisation as a one-time measure.

The Legislative Assembly recently adopted the Karnataka Land Revenue (second amendment) Bill 2009 which seeks to regularise all unauthorised layouts and housing sites developed prior to December 31, 2008.

Estimate

The estimation is that there are nearly seven lakh unauthorised structures in Bangalore alone, and the Government is pushing through with the implementation of the scheme obviously with an eye on the elections to the council of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

Ordinance to be sent

With the subcommittee finalising its recommendations on the penalties to be imposed, the matter is expected to come up before the Cabinet in about a fortnight.

Thereafter, the Government has to submit an ordinance to the Governor for assent and promulgation.

Thus the Akrama-Sakrama is expected to be ready for implementation in about a month from now, as the BBMP has to also finalise the penalties based on the residential and commercial zones.

Conditions

The penalty will be based on the location of the unauthorised structure in a given zone. However, building law violations should be not more than 50 per cent for residential structures and 25 per cent for commercial buildings. Further, unauthorised constructions on government properties, parks and footpaths will be ineligible for regularisation under the scheme.

Soon after assuming charge, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa constituted a Cabinet subcommittee to go into the whole gamut of regularisation of unauthorised structures in Bangalore as a one-time measure and suggest a reasonable penalty for violations including unauthorised occupation of revenue and agricultural lands, construction of unauthorised structures on approved lands and violations of building by-laws as prescribed under the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act , the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act of 2004 and the Bangalore Development Authority Act.

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