Sakrama Order Ready With New Norms

Drive likely to generate additional revenue of `7,000 crore to state

Published: 06th February 2015 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th February 2015 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: The state government will issue a notification defining new rules to regularise unauthorised buildings and land developments.

The notification, covering urban areas across Karnataka, will also regularise municipal bylaw violations, in a process popularly referred to as Akrama-Sakrama.

The notification will most likely be out by Friday, Urban Development Minister Vinay Kumara Sorake told Express.

“I have instructed the department to issue the notification after the High Court dismissed a bunch of petitions challenging an earlier notification,” Sorake said.

On the court’s directions, the government has framed a revised set of rules, reducing the penalties and giving a year’s time for regularisation. The earlier notification had set a three-month deadline. H R Bhardwaj, the previous governor, had given his assent to an amendment to the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act in September 2013.

According to the earlier notification, all residential buildings with up to 50 per cent violations and commercial buildings with up to 25 per cent violation would be regularised. The regularisation, however, does not cover structures built on government land. Only individual plots will be considered for Sakrama, and not enclaves and layouts with no access to public roads.

The regularisation drive is likely to generate an additional revenue of `7,000 crore to the state. The government, however, cannot divert the money, and will have to use it to develop parks and open spaces and build infrastructure.

Once the notification is issued, the government will publicise Akrama Sakrama widely, Sorake said. 

Six per cent of the guidance value of the irregular portion of a residential building will be charged as penalty if the violation is 25 per cent and less, and 8 per cent of the irregular portion if the violation exceeds 25 per cent but does not exceed 50 per cent. Twenty per cent of the market value would be charged for violations of up to 12.5 per cent in commercial buildings and 35 per cent if the violation is more.

The regularisation fees will be in addition to the regular fees or charges collected by the competent authorities. According to the new proposal, the regularisation fee for land use violation will be five times the fees prescribed.

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