What Akrama Sakrama cannot regularise

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The Akrama Sakrama Scheme in Bangalore will enable regularisation of building bylaw and land use violations in urban areas. However, it has its own limitations.

The state government is expected to soon issue a notification on implementing the Akrama-Sakrama scheme that will enable regularisation of building bylaw and land use violations in urban areas.

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Under the scheme, violations pertaining to setback, floor area ratio (FAR), non-conversion of agricultural land, and formation of unauthorised layouts and sites under urban local bodies, including the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), are eligible for regularisation.

The scheme seeks to regularise up to 50 per cent violation of setback norms and permissible FAR in residential buildings and up to 25 per cent in non-residential buildings. Any violation above this would attract demolition.

According to officials in the Urban Development Department, lakhs of properties could be regularised under the scheme in the eight municipal corporations governed under the Karnataka Municipal Corporations (KMC) Act, 1976, 44 city municipal councils, 94 town municipal councils, 68 town panchayats and six notified area committees governed by the Karnataka Municipalities Act, 1964.

Officials said the government was expecting revenue of nearly Rs 32,000 crore through this scheme. The money would be used for the development of the respective urban local bodies.

So what does this not regularise?

– On property adjacent to or against storm water drains, tank bed areas, river course or beds or canals.

– Those constructions under high-tension electric wires.

– Land reserved for parks, playgrounds, open spaces, or those meant for civic amenities.

– A property that requires Karnataka State Pollution Control Board clearance.

–  Construction that exceeds violation of 50 per cent in residential buildings.

–  Development in an area marked as agricultural zone or a green belt under the Karnataka Land Revenue Act of 1964.

–  Construction in areas that are close to defense installations and other sensitive government buildings, especially within the height/distance prescribed by the governing authority.

–  Regularisation is also not possible under this scheme in case the land belongs to BDA or any other local authority.

The bill draft available onthe state government website lists out the following information that one must read before buying property. These include:

– Violations that are eligible for regularisation

– Conditions and terms for calculating the violations

– Forms that need to be completed in such a case

– Steps to be undertaken by you and the authority

Source : Times of India

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