NGT Latest order baffles town planners regarding the raja kaluve

The recent order of the NGT regarding the pollution of the Bellandur and Agara Lake and the observation made in the order has left the BBMP and the BDA in a state of dizzy.

The NGT Slapped a massive fine/penalty on both the Government and the BBMP for Non-Compliance.

The effects of the observations and the orders of the NGT will have severe ramifications on the layouts, sites, buildings, roads, industries and apartments abutting the lakes and raja kalve.

 The Buffer Zone as observed by the NGT in its latest order baffles the builders and the land owners.  The existing buildings or apartments or constructions across or abutting the lakes, primary channel, secondary channel and territory channels are badly impacted. 

Those(buyers and investors) with the simple knowledge and common-sense may not even dream of buying such properties.


Properties, jewelry, shares, cash and vehicles (Suspected) are being readied for attachment by the income tax department under the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act 2016. Provisional attachment notices were issued to people this week, giving them time to explain why their properties should not be attached.

The Act has empowered the Central Board of Direct Taxes working under Union finance ministry; the income tax department is the implementing agency. On May 18, the Union gazette was published empowering officials to set up Benami Prohibition Units (BPU) under the Principal Director of income tax department (investigation wing). Two such units have been formed under the director general of income tax (investigation) BR Balakrishnan in Bengaluru and Panaji (the DG is in charge of both Karnataka and Goa directorate). The three-member unit has a joint commissioner, deputy commissioner and an administrator.

According to highly placed official sources, the Bengaluru circle has already maintained an inventory of benami properties and its owners, following searches and seizures.

Crores worth of shares held by several people of a  company and few acres of agriculture land in Whitefield said to be connected to a well-known businessman (benami) are under investigation and attachment.

As soon as the May 18 order was issued to set up Benami Prohibition Unit, the officials of investigation wing of income tax swung into action and the owners in possession or standing in their name had been issued provisional notices and given time to the property owners to reply as to why their properties should not be attached.

There are huge number of properties (BENAMI) (Apartments, sites, industrial lands and agricultural lands ) booked, under sale agreement, bought and already under possession are under scrutiny.

It is suspected that huge number of apartments are held by BENAMIS.  Huge number of apartments BOOKED by them are being cancelled and the clever and notorious sellers/builders are selling it in the open market offering it with sugar coated amenities.

Most of the PRE LAUNCH offers are booked by these BENAMIS.  The Builders hand in glove with them, had booked it to market it on a later date.


* Government can confiscate bank deposits of people using benami accounts — accounts of others/strangers used to park their unaccounted monies and convert it into white.

* Those coming under the Act — Benamidar (in whose name the benami property is) and the beneficiary (the person who actually paid for such a transaction), and
those involved (who abet and induce benami transactions) — can be prosecuted.

* They may get rigorous imprisonment up to seven years besides being liable to pay fine up to 25 per cent of fair market value of benami property.

* Persons who furnish false information under the Benami Act can also be prosecuted and imprisoned up to five years; are liable to pay fine up to 10% of fair market value of benami property.


City Municipal Council Sites

There WERE 7 City Municipal Councils and one Town Municipal Council surrounding the Bangalore city. The sites in the limits of these authorities are mostly owned by private individuals, some of the sites are acquired by Government. Infrastructure is very poor. The process of tracing the title is very complicated. But some extra pre cautions need to be taken. Verify whether the betterment charges have been paid, if not purchaser may have to pay it in the future. Many lands in the area of these local bodies are agricultural lands and conversion to non-agricultural purpose must have to be done. Presently City Municipal Councils have stopped collecting betterment charges and issuing Khatas. If the owner doesn’t have a Khata, he cannot construct the house with the plan approved from CMC.

Site in private layouts

These are layout formed by private parties, other than statutory development authorities. Many reputed land developers have formed layouts around the city. Verify all the documents as required in case of private property for a period of 43 years. Apart, from the above check whether the land is converted for residential purpose, and the layouts are approved by BDA or BMRDA. Verify the records with respective offices. Many numbers of private layouts with D.C. conversion and panchayat approval are available. Purchase of these type of sites involves little risk.

Gramathana Sites

These are residential sites, which were originally available in village panchayat areas. They can be distinguished from Kaneshumari number, assigned to them. The agricultural lands have survey numbers. The sites of this nature are very few. Government has put restrictions on issue of license for construction by village panchayats beyond their approved Gramathana area, original Gramathana sites can be identified by examining old village survey maps available in survey department. Examine all the records as is done in case of private property. In addition verify the village records and form No. 9 and 10. Form No. 9 denotes Gramathana site and form No. 10 denotes the building, which confirm that the particular property is original Gramathana site or not. But many village panchayats issue from No. 9 & 10, though they are not Gramathana sites. Many such sites fall in green belt area, where construction of residential buildings is restricted. Extra caution is necessary while buying Gramathana Sites.