BANGALORE: More than 300 people, mostly from the city’s newly-added areas, have filed applications to pay betterment charges to regularise revenue land.
Betterment charges entitle citizens to obtain ‘A’ khatas (ownership deeds), which can be used to avail loans.
In January, the BBMP fixed the charges at `200 a sqm for old areas (100 wards) and `250 a sqm for new areas (the recently-added 98 wards). BBMP Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) I Ramakanth said the BBMP is expecting a revenue of `200 crore from this. The charges are applicable for converted land too.
He said people can pay in installments. “They have to pay up within a year. They can pay in any number of installments. After one year, an interest of 1.5 per cent will be charged every month,” he said. This, however, needs the approval of the BBMP Commissioner.