No nod for Sakrama Bill; rural homes on government land legalised

Governor yet to give okay to land bill regularising unauthorised buildings in Bangalore city

Published: 10th July 2013 07:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th July 2013 07:59 AM   |  A+A-

The hopes of thousands of Bangaloreans to get their unauthorised constructions “regularised” through the “Akrama Sakrama’’ Bill are still in limbo. Governor H R Bhardwaj has not given his assent to the bill, officially known as Karnataka Town and Country Planning Bill 2009.

“The Governor has neither rejected the Bill nor approved it,” an official told Express on Tuesday.

The bill, which wants to facilitate regularisation of unauthourised houses built within the BBMP region before 2009, was submitted to the Governor by the previous BJP government. It has been pending with the Raj Bhavan from three years.

The Governor has also sent the Karnataka Land Revenue (Second Amendment) Bill, 2012, to the Legislature for reconsideration. This bill seeks to regularise unauthorised dwellings constructed on government land across the state, including urban and semi-urban areas.

However, Bhardwaj is said to have cleared the first amendment to the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, which will regularise such dwellings in rural areas. The amended Section 94 C will facilitate the state government to regularise unauthorised occupation of any land belonging to the government prior to January 2012.

This Act also prohibits the state government from regularising land under the jurisdictional limits of the BBMP, City Corporations, CMCs and TMCs. Constructions in the line of natural drains or in the course of a valley or forest, or on land reserved for parks, play grounds, open places for providing civic amenities are also forbidden.


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