Akrama-Sakrama: change unlikely in cut-off date
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No benefit for unauthorised buildings/sites that came up after Oct 19, 2013
The state government is unlikely to extend the cut-off date for regularisation of unauthorised properties under the Akrama-Sakrama scheme. October 19, 2013, listed as the cut-off date in the final notification, will not be revised, according to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials.
The Urban Development Department will recommend to the government not to extend the cut-off date as the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (Regularisation of Unauthorised Development or Constructions) Act, 2013, needs to be amended again, sources said. People can reapply for regularisation of buildings, and the new deadline for accepting fresh applications will be announced soon, they added.
The final notification of the draft rules for implementation of the scheme states, “Akrama-Sakrama applies to all unauthorised buildings that have come up on or after the date of approval of the first master plan of respective cities or towns but before the date of October 19, 2013, (sic).”
Mayor G Padmavathi said that the BBMP would start issuing the applications once the government notified fresh guidelines. “It is only after the government issues the notification can we discuss how to implement the scheme and go about regularising buildings,” she added.
The BBMP issued 2,037 applications between March 23, 2015, and March 2016, but just 37 of them came back to it duly filled. The scheme was then challenged before the High Court of Karnataka.
The civic agency also refunded the regularisation fees to applicants when the government withdrew the scheme, BBMP Joint Director (Town Planning division), Thippanna,.
Shrugging off the poor response in the past, the BBMP now plans to widely publicise the scheme by undertaking a mass media campaign. Thippanna, however, said the BBMP would accept applicants of unauthorised buildings only.
Applications pertaining to unauthorised layouts and sites, received in future, will be handled by the Bangaluru Development Authority (BDA), he added.
(NOW THE QUESTION ARISES IS : WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE BUILDINGS AND LAYOUTS COME UP AFTER 19-10-2013?)
How will the Government deal with illegal buildings came up after 19-10-2013?
Sellers/builders promised that the violation and deviation will be regularised under Akrama – Sakrama and sold their properties after 19-10-2013 and the buyers are in for REAL TROUBLE.
WAIT FOR THE GOVERNMENT NOTIFICATION
What else the buyers can do? Only wait?