Amendment to regularise illegal buildings, layouts soon

GOOD START: Minister for Urban Development S.R. Morey inaugurating a workshop on comprehensive development of Davangere on Friday.

GOOD START: Minister for Urban Development S.R. Morey inaugurating a workshop on comprehensive development of Davangere on Friday.  

Staff Reporter

It will be placed before the Cabinet for approval, says S.R. Morey

DAVANGERE: The State Government has decided to bring in an amendment to regularise unauthorised buildings and layouts in the State. A detailed scheme has already been worked out in this regard.

The proposed amendment will be placed before the Cabinet for approval, said S.R. Morey, Minister for Urban Development.

Inaugurating a workshop on comprehensive development of Davangere city under the North Karnataka Infrastructure development project, here on Friday, the Minister said house tax was being collected from only 40 per cent of the total houses in the State owing to unauthorised buildings and layouts. Hence the Government has decided to regularise them and collect tax from them also. The Government had set February 23, 2005 as the cut off date for this.

Unauthorised buildings and unauthorised layouts, which have come up after the date will not be regularised. However, he said that penal fees will be levied on owners of unauthorised buildings and those who formed unauthorised layouts before making them legal.

Small savings

Slum dwellers in cities and towns will be educated on small savings through members of successful SHGs (Self Help Groups), he said.

The Minister also directed civic bodies, which get financial assistance from the ADB (Asian Development Bank), to collect Rs.100 per month as water cess. Before enforcing the new rate, he told civic bodies to make all arrangements to provide potable water every day.

He noted that one of the conditions of the ADB was to collect Rs. 100, otherwise revenue collections of civic bodies will not go up. The other main condition of the ADB is 90 per cent revenue collection by civic bodies.

Apart from the ADB project, the World Bank has also come forward to financially assist the town municipalities under the Karnatak Municipal Reforms Project, the Minister said adding that he had already identified 57 towns in the State to be developed with World Bank funding.

Dr.Y. Nagappa, Social Welfare Minister and also Davangere district in-charge Minister, urged Mr. Moray to make Davangere-Harihar a corporation.

Aerodrome sought

MLA Shyamanur Shivashankarappa said that he had appealed to the Major Industries Minister P.G.R. Sindhia to sanction an aerodrome for Davangere. No IT and BT company will invest here without an aerodrome, he said. B.P. Kaniram, Director of Urban Development Directorate, called upon people to take a pledge that they will not throw garbage on roads. Javed Akthar, Managing Director of the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure development Finance Corporation (KUIDFC), said that though the ADB will not ask for repayment for first eight years of implementation of works, interest will be levied for the first eight years too.

Shivanahalli Ramesh, president of the Davangere City Municipality; D. Basavaraj, former President of the municipality and H.P.Shellikeri, Deputy Project Director of the KUIDFC spoke on the ADB funding scheme.

Deputy Project Director said the comprehensive development of Davangere will be taken up in two stages. In the first stage, drinking water, solid waste management and slum development will be taken up. Deputy Commissioner of Davangere district M.B. Dyaberi welcomed the gathering.

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