Special Correspondent

Cabinet subcommittee’s recommendations

to come up for discussion shortly

Nearly seven lakh unauthorised

structures in Bangalore alone

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 and 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.

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.

There are nearly seven lakh unauthorised structures in Bangalore alone, and the Government is pushing through with the implementation of the scheme .

Ordinance to be sent

With the subcommittee finalising its recommendations , 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 scheme is expected to be ready for implementation in about a month from now, as the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has to also finalise the penalties based on the residential and commercial zones.

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.