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Karnataka to legalise unauthorised construction on BDA notified plots

Karnataka will notify an Ordinance amending Section 38(D) of the BDA Act to provide for the regularisation. The government estimates that there are about 75,000 such plots in Bengaluru, over about 6000 acres of land. The government expects about 45,000 of these plots are small in size, predominantly owned by low-income groups.

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Last Updated: May 14, 2020, 08.39 PM IST
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BENGALURU: The State Cabinet on Thursday decided to regularise constructions on private plots notified for acquisition by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) years ago, but could not take them over. The decision is promises long-awaited relief to tens of thousands of property owners.

The BDA will levy a penal fee in return for regularisation. These are plots either owned by residents themselves or bought from someone after the BDA notified them for acquisition during the formation of layouts. Thousands have built homes in a bid to forestall acquisition by the BDA, but their title status have been in a limbo. A property owner cannot sell his property once it is notified by a government agency.

Karnataka will notify an Ordinance amending Section 38(D) of the BDA Act to provide for the regularisation. The government estimates that there are about 75,000 such plots in Bengaluru, over about 6000 acres of land. The government expects about 45,000 of these plots are small in size, predominantly owned by low-income groups.

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa pushed for this in a desperate bid to raise resources to fill the coffers that have run empty due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Law Minister JC Madhuswamy, briefing the Cabinet decision, said the decision is applicable to only those constructions that are at least 12 years old.

The BDA has classified plots into four categories: 20x30 ft; 30x40 ft; 40x60 ft; and 50x80 ft; The small 20x30 ft plot owners will pay 10% of the guidance value applicable for the area; those owning 30x40 ft will pay 20% of guidance value. The next two category of plots will have to cough up 40% of guidance value as penal fee. The BDA has decided not to regularise constructions in higher dimension plots as well as vacant plots. The Cabinet has asked BDA to take action in respect of plots that do not fall in any of these classifications.
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