BANGALORE: The cabinet’s green light to Akrama-Sakrama will bring cheer to thousands of property owners in Bangalore and other cities and towns. The major beneficiaries will be large apartment complexes and big commercial buildings that have violated rules over the years.
As per some estimates, a whopping 80% of the 16 lakh properties in Bangalore have some deviation or the other. Eight lakh properties in other major cities have flouted building bylaws too. If these properties are regularized, the government is expected to net over Rs 5,000 crore – about Rs 3,000 crore in Bangalore alone.
As the earlier government had amended the Karnataka Town and Country Planning and Certain Other Laws (Amendment) Act, 2009, the present government will have to frame the rules for Akrama-Sakrama after the governor approves the ordinance on extension of the timeframe. The new rules will specify the extent of penalty, among other things.
A Minister clarified that buildings built on revenue sites are not eligible under this scheme. “That scheme is still pending with the governor.”