BANGALORE: Civic analyst Ashwin Mahesh said the decision to allow transaction and registration of properties of B-khatas is another slippery step when it comes to property ownership and transactions.
“Many people will go for registration now without realising that the court of law doesn’t accept B-khata as an ownership record. We don’t have a proper system to verify ownership. Regular khata (also called A-khata) itself is under question as it doesn’t stand as a record of absolute ownership. In this scenario, going ahead with registration under B-khata would lead to more confusion regarding ownership,” he added.
Urban expert AK Pani said, “The government should give scope for converting B-khata into A-khata so that that property transactions can be streamlined. There is a provision for this in the existing laws.”
* There is no term called B-Khata as per the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976, which governs the BBMP. B-khata is nothing but a register maintained by BBMP in which property identification numbers are entered into a register called the ‘B’ register.
* B-register came into existence when BBMP was formed in 2007 and the Palike faced problems while collecting tax from properties in revenue pockets and those with violations falling under Greater Bangalore. The property tax being collected from such properties is maintained in a separate register and the khata issued under this was named the B-Khata.
* An amendment to the KMC Act clearly states that B-khata doesn’t confer any right to regularise violations, or title, ownership or legal status to such properties. Also, such properties are liable for any action for violation of law.
* As and when irregularities attached to properties are resolved, the B-khata is transferred to the A-khata register.