The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’s attempt to collect crores of rupees as improvement fee from certain categories of property owners in the newly added areas has received blow for the second time with the High Court again quashing the revised sum of Rs. 550 per sq m of site/land.

The court declared that the fee was determined without systematic exercise as ordered by it last year and the method adopted to arrive at the amount does not give an impression that it was carried out in a fair and reasonable manner.

Justice A.S. Bopanna delivered the verdict while partly allowing 165 petitions filed by several individual land owners as well as developers having properties in Mahadevapura, Bommanahalli, Yelahanka and Rajarajeshhwri Nagar Zones.

The High Court in April 2012 had quashed the differential improvement fee fixed based on the dimension of the sites besides stating that improvement fee cannot be made as a precondition for registration, transfer, bifurcation and amalgamation of khatas.