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R. Ashok
R. Ashok

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One-time measure likely while regularising illegal sites and enforcing CVS

Cabinet Sub-Committee members briefed after presentation

Government to come out with a people-friendly decision

BANGALORE: Minister for Transport R. Ashok on Thursday hinted that owners of sites measuring 20’ x 30’ and 30’ x 40’, especially those in the jurisdiction of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), may get substantial relief as the Government is thinking of introducing a one-time comprehensive measure while regularising unauthorised sites/houses and enforcing the capital value system (CVS).

Mr. Ashok, who is the chairman of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on the issue, was speaking to reporters after a discussion with committee members, Medical Education Minister Ramachandra Gowda, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Shobha Karandlaje and Higher Education Minister Aravind Limbavali.

The members were briefed after a presentation by the senior officers of the BBMP, the Urban Development, the Finance and the Municipal Administration departments.

They were explained the pros and cons of fixing property tax on the basis of population in various categories of cities/towns such as the BBMP, Bangalore Rural district, the corporations, city municipal councils and municipalities.

Mr. Ashok said that the committee would hold another meeting in a week and might finalise a comprehensive measure within a month, so that the civic bodies could start collection of taxes as there had been severe strain on their resources for over six months.

The committee, he said, was looking into aspects such as construction without paying land tax, sanction of plan and land conversion and violation of land use and bylaws.

The Minister said that the people, especially those in Bangalore, would benefit more and the Government would come out with a people-friendly decision on the vexed issue.

The committee also discussed introducing a clause in the law to punish officers responsible for allowing illegal and unauthorised construction of houses and commercial structures.

He said that there were suggestions that the tax/penalty collected should be used only for developing the areas concerned.

The committee, he said, was not likely to regularise structures that have come up on tank beds, land belonging to the Bangalore Development Authority and grazing land.

Refuting the allegation that the regularisation of unauthorised constructions, especially in the BBMP area, was initiated on the basis of legislation enacted during the tenure of the Janata Dal (Secular) and Bharatiya Janata Party rule, he said that the S.M. Krishna Government introduced it in 2002. The then Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, had returned the Bill taking objection to the relief given to commercial buildings and the law was re-enacted after removing the objectionable part, he added.

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