Last week, the High Court quashed the government orders of 2009 barring registration of Revenue sites/ properties.

Though the State government allowed registration of B Khata properties in the city and e-Khata properties in gramthana areas in December 2013, unapproved layouts and those in the green belt, on the city’s outskirts were not given e-khata, and hence were not registered.

Such property holders in unapproved layouts, green belts and non-converted land can now get their properties legally registered, without the requirement of e-khata or any such additional document.

While there is no official statistic on the number of such revenue pockets in the city, estimates vary from 50,000 sites to over one lakh plots, which are expected to flood the realty market.

The HC quashed the 2009 order saying sub-registrars have no powers to seek any document not stipulated under the Stamps and Registration Act.

However, a former revenue official involved with the 2009 orders said that they were promulgated to prevent mushrooming of unauthorised revenue pockets, especially in the green belt.

The problem is most severe in the newly added 110 villages and other outlying areas of the city, especially in the BDA area outside BBMP jurisdiction,  “Many private layouts have come up even in the green zones in these areas. These have neither got a conversion of land use nor are their layout plans approved,” he said.

But now, it would be tough to control mushrooming of unauthorised revenue pockets, the revenue official said. “Registration doesn’t guarantee title of a property.

This means the buyers will be taken for a ride by revenue layout developers, cheating them with illegal sites, buildings violating bylaws, which may affect the buyer at a later date,” the official said.