Staff Correspondent

People protest ‘abnormal’ increase in guideline values

Valuation process termed unscientific, anti-people

Bellary District Registrar urged not to give effect to new values

BELLARY: The process of registering property at the office of the Sub-Registrar in Bellary came to a standstill for the second day on Monday, following protests by a few citizens opposing the increase in guideline values in the city and the taluk.

The former Chairman of the Bellary Urban Development Authority (BUDA) N. Pratap Reddy, along with several others, including Kergodappa, termed the enhancement in guideline values by a committee headed by the Bellary Tahsildar unscientific and anti-people. They also objected to the failure of the officials to give wide publicity to the decisions taken by the committee.

The enhanced values came into effect from March 1. During their meeting with District Registrar Gujjarappa, they urged him not to give effect to the enhanced values and instead publicise the same in newspapers for debate. Based on objections, the authorities could decide the future course of action, he said.

They said the value of sites in Bellary city had appreciated between 200 and 800 per cent. It had also gone up in throughout the taluk.

Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Gujjarappa said the guideline values were enhanced keeping in view the increasing in land value. He did not agree that the enhancement was abnormal and said that it had been approved by the Central Valuation Committee at the State level.

He said he had already apprised the Inspector-General of Registration about the opposition and protests, and added that on an average around 40 to 50 property were being registered every day.

Last year, 14,000 documents were registered and the revenue generated was Rs. 14.32 crore, he said.

Sub-Registrar Veerabasappa was present.