BENGALURU: With an eye on the 2018 Assembly elections, the state government has provided relief to lakhs of families by giving nod to regularising houses built on sites measuring up to 30x40 sq ft on government lands in urban areas.
The houses built on government lands on buffer zones of towns and cities would come under the regularisation scheme. The scheme, called Akrama-Sakrama, was earlier restricted to houses built on sites up to 20x30 sq ft.
The state cabinet took the decision on Wednesday. The sites located within a distance of 18 km from BBMP limits, 10 km from Belagavi, Kalaburagi, Hubballi-Dharwad, Mangaluru and Mysuru City Corporation limits, 5 km from all city municipalities and 3 km from town municipalities will be regularised.
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra said families belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, ex-servicemen and physically handicapped are eligible for regularisation of their houses by paying a penalty of Rs 5,000.