Sharath S. Srivatsa

Sub-registrars playing it safe; site owners plan protest today

  • Worst hit are potential buyers of property located on the outskirts of the city
  • Revenue from registration in some sub-registrar offices down by 70 per cent

    BANGALORE: The normally crowded offices of the sub-registrars in the revenue belt around Bangalore wear a forlorn look these days, thanks to the ban imposed on registration of revenue sites.

    Nearly two months after the contentious Karnataka Land Revenue (Amendment) Ordinance was promulgated, a majority of the sub-registrar's offices not only have fewer visitors but have reported steep decline in revenue collection as well as the number of documents being registered has also fallen, with some offices reporting a 70 per cent decline. This has resulted in low revenue collection.

    The worst hit are the sub-registrar's office in the revenue belt that includes Peenya, Kengeri, Yelahanka, K.R. Puram and Anekal besides Ramanagaram and Nelamangala.

    Sources in the department said that revenue collections had plummeted and a large number of real estate deals were in a limbo. They were registering properties that had documents such as conversion of land by the competent authorities, plan approval, correct dimension (CD) report and others,

    For example, the Bangalore North Sub-Registrar's Office in Peenya registered nearly 15,000 documents during October and November 2006 just before the Ordinance came into force. But the number has declined to over 3,000 in nearly two months after the Ordinance came into force while the revenue collection has come down from Rs. 54.86 crore to Rs. 32.52 crore.

    The same has been the case with Kengeri Sub-Registrar's Office in Bangalore South. The office that had registered 7,740 documents in October and November 2006 has witnessed the numbers declining to around 4,800 documents in the post-Ordinance period. The revenue has dipped from Rs. 60.97 crore to Rs. 28.88 crore during the same period.

    The sharp decline has been attributed sub-registrars refusing to register the documents for fear of being prosecuted, which is an important component of the Ordinance promulgated on December 11.

    Bangalore Urban District Registrar Venkatagiri confirmed to The Hindu the plummeting figures in the number of registrations as well as revenue collection. A decision to clear the confusion was likely to be taken by the Government shortly, he added.

    According to the president of newly formed Bangalore Revenue Sites Owners' Welfare Association, Ashwathnarayan, revenue sites have been formed in about 75,000 acres of land in and around Bangalore and the ban on their registration has affected thousands of site seekers. He said, "If the Bangalore Development Authority and Karnataka Housing Board had distributed sufficient number of sites on time why would people prefer revenue sites?"

    The association has organised a demonstration against the Ordinance in front of the Town Hall on Friday.