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RANJANI GOVIND
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It pays to adhere to the rules and avoid deviations in your housing complex before seeking the Khata

Issues related to Khata and the rules knitted with the procedures for obtaining one have always been in the news. But it was especially after 2007 that the subject gained momentum when the BBMP took over nearly 100 villages in the four peripheral sections of Bangalore city and brought them under its jurisdiction. Khata was one of the issues that had to be dealt with after the takeover.

Be it the ambiguity that one saw in the intricately summed-up rules, the mounting revenue land that were yet to see the conversion for residential purposes, or even the issues involved in BBMP collecting ‘betterment charges’ for sites that had to be issued with Khata, the rules and procedures in the last five years gradually became tales that went on and on without a semblance of clarity.

Take the other side of the Khata story where recipients are involved. Amongst the clusters of apartments cropping up in every part of the city (especially the peripheral areas) there has been issues of revenue land non-conversions, illegal deviations in construction, non-provision of amenities and features needed for apartment and layouts, non-receipt of Occupancy Certificate to be obtained by builders for helping residents occupy legally (which in turn paves the way for obtaining Khata)…the inadequacies are aplenty for BBMP to reject the most-sought-after legal document that permits a legal right on the property.

The confusion

Amidst all the uncertainty related to the Khata, while the BBMP had stopped the issue of the same with no betterment charges too being collected on revenue and converted land, the confusion of the “B-Khata” issue came to the fore.

Although this new avatar of the document was meant for nothing else but an identification of ownership for selling purposes with no related legal binding with the property, allegations of corruption and illegal dealings cropped up.

With hardships faced by genuine revenue-converted land owners waiting for a permanent Khata, the new calculation procedure for betterment charges ordered by the High Court has helped come to a better understanding of the issue and several areas have just opened up for receiving the Khata.

An example

In an example that was shared with The Hindu recently by Saurabh Bhattacharya, Member, Residents Welfare Association, Vaastu Lavender-I, at Mylsandra, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, the process for obtaining Khata has been arduous, but a focused one because of various “shortfalls that had to be plugged in.” Says Mr. Bhattacharya, “Our apartment complex is being constructed in two phases with phase-I completed in January 2011. Registration of individual apartments was done but Khata for individual apartments was not issued. Meanwhile the Occupancy Certificate from BBMP had to be obtained after the builder attended to the said deviations in the apartment. The residents approached the officials once again for a genuine Khata after paying betterment charges, as the temporary “B-Khata” which has no legal sanctity, had to be avoided. Although the procedure was long winding to put in place several inadequacies on the part of the builder and the building, Occupancy Certificates were issued. And now, finally, with the betterment charges paid up (this has gone through a cycle of litigation between builders and BBMP, resulting in intervention of the High Court of Karnataka, which through its order dated April 20, 2012 asked BBMP to restructure the calculation process and apply the charges thereafter), the BBMP has our Khata ready. On February 5, 2013, K.R. Niranjan, Spl Commissioner, BBMP, and Babanna, Joint Commissioner, BBMP, are scheduled to personally hand over the Khata to 73 owners on our apartment premises. The event has been organised to signify the importance of following rules to getting proper documents.”

Says Mr. Niranjan, “Honesty, perseverance and patience will definitely help one get the rewards.”

Perhaps it signifies another important point: the BBMP too is after all, doing its duty. And with rules that have not been overlooked, who could deny anybody the legal right?

RANJANI GOVIND


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