Karnataka govt mulls issuing ‘B’ khatas for unauthorised layouts outside Bengaluru, ET RealEstate

June 28, 2023

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BENGALURU: Byrathi Suresh, the state urban development minister, said on Tuesday the Karnataka government was considering issuing ‘B’ khatas to sites and buildings at unauthorised layouts in urban areas, excluding Bengaluru, in order to help their owners either sell the properties or raise loans from banks for their development.

‘B’ khata is a legal document that serves as a proof that a plot of land or a building qualifies for property tax payment and the move is expected to add around Rs 1,100 crore to the state exchequer.

Speaking to reporters here, the minister said the government was working out the details and soon an order would be issued.

“The move will help owners sell their properties or raise loans from banks. In the absence of documents, owners of these properties are facing a lot of difficulties,” Suresh said.

On the larger issue of regularisation of the status of unauthorised properties, the minister said the proposal to grant legitimacy to properties under the Akrama-Sakrama scheme has been pending for years owing to a case in the Supreme Court.

He added: “We will take a call on the matter once the Supreme Court issues its verdict.”

The government has been trying to vacate the stay by proposing some modifications to the scheme to help only the poor and the middle class, while excluding realtors.

Union minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar, founder of the Namma Bengaluru Foundation, who got the stay order issued by the court, has already agreed to the proposal. He had even written to former CM Basavaraj Bommai, saying his foundation would have no objection if the government approached the apex court and sought exemption for poor and middle-class families.

Following this, the government set up a committee to suggest modifications to the proposal. “Once the committee submits its report, we will approach the court,” Suresh said.

Smart City project probe

Reacting to reports of irregularities in the implementation of the Smart City project, the minister said: “Since the government has received several complaints of corruption in executing work for the seven cities selected under the Centre’s Smarty City project, we have decided to order a probe.”

He also defended the state government’s decision to stop work under the Centre’s Jal Jeevan Mission as there were several complaints over its implementation. “At many places, bills were sanctioned without even carrying out the work,” Suresh added.

  • Published On Jun 28, 2023 at 02:00 PM IST

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