Afshan Yasmeen

Owners of revenue land can get clear titles for their property now

Government stopped collecting betterment charges from May 29, 2003

The charges have been drastically revised now

BANGALORE: If you are one of those who have been waiting to obtain khatas and clear titles for your property on revenue sites, then you can pay betterment charges and obtain them now.

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has started collecting betterment charges from owners of properties, whose land has been converted from agricultural to non-agricultural under the provisions of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964. You will be eligible to get your khata registered after paying betterment charges.

The State Government had stopped collecting betterment charges in these areas from May 29, 2003 after the then Lokayukta unearthed a scam in collections and utilisation of funds in these areas.

The charges, which were fixed at Rs.100 a square yard for sites of all dimensions earlier, have been drastically revised now.

Revenue pockets

The new rates are Rs. 200 a square metre for sites of 20 by 30 feet (60 sq mtr) or below; Rs 400 a square metre for sites of 30 by 40 feet (120 sq mtr) and Rs. 600 per square metre for higher dimensions (above 120 sq mtr).

Though this move will be applicable to all properties in revenue pockets of both new and old areas, it is likely to be more popular in the new areas as agricultural land dominates the erstwhile seven city municipal councils (CMCs) and one town municipal council (TMC). People here were waiting to obtain khatas for their land, which can be done only after paying the betterment charges.

When the seven CMCs, one TMC and 110 villages were merged with the BMP to form BBMP in January this year, it was announced that the civic body would be forced to resume collection of betterment charges to provide the required civic amenities in the new areas.

Approval

Based on estimates provided by BBMP’s Works Department on the amount required to develop a square metre of land in the new areas, BBMP Administrator Dilip Rau approved the new rates on October 27.

Subsequently, BBMP Commissioner S. Subramanya directed all the zonal Joint Commissioners directing them to collect betterment charges from November 7. “Once the betterment charges are paid and clear titles are obtained, the property will become marketable and khata transfers will be easier instead of being transferred from one General Power of Attorney (GPA) to another. The charges will be collected from owners of revenue land, who have got it converted,” Mr Subramanya told The Hindu on Tuesday.

Charges will also be collected for land that has been divided into sites and where building plans of all properties have been approved by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).

But owners of sites in layouts developed by BDA, Karnataka Housing Board, Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board, Karnataka Small Scale Industries Development Corporation and Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation, and those that have been allotted for slum dwellers under Ashraya and other welfare schemes are exempted from paying the charges, he added.

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