he Akrama-Sakrama(regularization of unauthorized structures) scheme is all set to come back in a new format.
Not wanting to call it akrama-sakrama, Reddy told TOI that the policy will be introduced such that it benefits people. Aware of the governor’s rejection in the recent case, the minister said, “Everything will be worked in legal framework.” In the run-up to Lok Sabha polls, the government plans to introduce the re-worked bill in the coming budget session. Reddy, however, did not reveal what the changes would be. “Not all violations will be regularized. We will be extra careful while introducing the policy,” Reddy said.
The previous government introduced Akrama-Sakrama Bill and also passed it in the legislature, but Governor HR Bhardwaj declined to approve citing petitions in the high court. Thereafter the government tried to implement the revised Akrama-Sakrama scheme through the ordinance route, but that too didn’t succeed.
What bill entailed
The scheme was to provide a one-time opportunity for an estimated eight lakh buildings and site by-law violators in Bangalore alone, besides six lakh violators in other urban pockets across the state to regularize their construction. It was expected to garner Rs 5,000 crore revenue from Bangalore alone and another Rs 5,000 crore from other centres.
For commercial property, if violations are within 25% in the BBMP limits, fines were to be 20% of the guidance value of the area and for more, 35% of the guidance value.
The penalty for violations of building laws and construction of unauthorized structures built in the revenue sites approved by the legislature ranged between Rs 5,000 (for smaller violations) and Rs 2.10 lakh. The maximum penalty that a building owner would have to pay on an unauthorized residential site measuring 20/30 feet is Rs 45,000 (zone A) and Rs 30,000 for zone B.
For the owner of building on 30/40 feet unauthorized site, the maximum penalty will be Rs 90,000 (zone A) and Rs 60,000 (zone B). For a owner of a building on site measuring 40/60 feet, the maximum penalty will be Rs 2.1 lakh (zone A) and Rs 1.8 lakh (zone B).
Former law minister S Suresh Kumar said he had no idea why the governor withheld the bill. “The bill was prepared with a view to help the urban middle class. Its approval would have made BBMP and other local bodies self-sufficient in funds,” he said.