Government okays 'B' Khata deals, expects big revenue boost

The state Cabinet on Wednesday decided to allow sale and registration of buildings with ‘B’ khata certificates in Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits.

Published: 14th November 2013 10:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th November 2013 10:37 AM   |  A+A-

The state Cabinet on Wednesday decided to allow sale and registration of buildings with ‘B’ khata certificates in Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits.

A ‘B’ khata certificate indicates that the property is not approved by the BBMP, but pays taxes for the civic amenities it enjoys. Taxes paid towards such properties are entered in a register titled B, and hence the name. A ‘B’ khata is not a title deed.

Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had given the green signal to the BBMP to issue ‘B’ khata certificates to buildings on revenue land provided with basic amenities like electricity, water and drainage.

“This decision will fetch about `1,000 crore for the state exchequer,” he added.

Since 2007, when about a hundred villages came under the BBMP’s control, confusion has prevailed over property registration, taxation and municipal betterment charges. Many apartment complexes are built on revenue land without the requisite permissions, and the government had stopped issuing ‘B’ khata certificates in July this year. The Cabinet’s decision will enable buying and selling to resume, and is expected to lead up to the legitimisation process.

The decision will also allow re-sale of properties and boost real estate in the city. 

In the process, it will benefit 90 per cent of Bangaloreans, Minister Jayachandra claimed.

The BBMP will be allowed to issue B khatas only to existing buildings.

Property owners can later obtain A khata certificates by paying penalties and regularising buildings under the upcoming Akrama Sakrama scheme, the minister said.

Jayachandra said the BBMP had stopped issuing ‘B’ khata certificates earlier this year, and the decision had become a stumbling block for property owners trying to register or sell their property.

Akrama Sakrama Bill

Jayachandra said the cabinet had decided to reply to Governor H R Bhardwaj’s queries on the Karnataka Land Revenue (Second Amendment) Bill of 2012, popularly known as the Akrama-Sakrama Bill.

Passed in both houses during the previous BJP government, the bill was returned by Bhardwaj. It aims at regularising revenue sites and houses built on revenue land in urban areas across the state.

The governor had returned the bill with certain observations.

“Once the government approves the bill, we will amend the Karnataka Land Revenue Act,” Jayachandra added.

Stay up to date on all the latest Karnataka news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp