KARNATAKA TO REGULARISE LAND ENCROACHED BY POOR
Context: Karnataka Revenue Minister has announced that the government will regularize the constructions, who have built homes illegally on government land across the state.
- At a huge programme at the National College grounds in Bengaluru on January 28, the CM, accompanied by his cabinet colleagues, will hand over the regularization papers to the first lot of 10,000 beneficiaries, mostly from urban centres in Bengaluru Urban district
- The scheme applies to those who constructed houses before January 1, 2012.
- The cost of land that will be transferred to the 10,000 occupants has been pegged at about ` 100 crore.
- The State government will distribute record of rights to 60,061 urban poor families for regularization of houses built on government land, under section 94C and 94CC of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964.
- Beneficiaries under 94CC are low-income families who have been living on government land across cities in the State.
- The highest number of beneficiaries under the scheme are in Dakshina Kannada, followed by Bengaluru Urban and Ballari.
- The State Government had launched the Akrama-Sakrama scheme in 2013 to regularize building norm violations and encroachments on government land.
- But this regularization is being done under provisions (94C and 94 CC) of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act and related rules which allow the State Government to consider providing shelter to homeless backward classes, SCs, STs and economically weaker sections.
- As more than 80 percent of the buildings in Bengaluru are deemed illegal owing violations from the original building plan, the state government notified the Akrama Sakramascheme or Karnataka Town and Country Planning (Regularisation of Unauthorised Developments) Rules 2013 after making amendments to several Acts, which includes the Karnataka Town and Country Act.
- While the Act was initially put forward in 2001, it was passed in 2013 and came into effect from March 23, 2015.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SCHEME
- The scheme calls for regularization of the properties which have violated building byelaws by paying penalty instead of being faced with the wrath of demolition. The same is applicable for illegal plots.
- All the ready-to-move-in properties constructed on or before October 19, 2013, will come under the purview of the Act. The rule will be not applicable on under-construction properties.
- The scheme allows one-time regularization of up to 50 percent setback and floor space index (FSI) violations for residential buildings. Meanwhile, for commercial establishments, the setback limit has been set at 25 percent.