Karnataka: Registration & construction of houses on revenue sites barred


BENGALURU: The state government has banned the sale and purchase of revenue sites registered outside the municipal corporation after 2013. Sites developed on agricultural lands without land conversion won’t be registered by the stamps and registration department.
The government recently issued a memo to all sub-registrars directing them not to register plots that have no permit issued by competent authorities, municipal or panchayat as applicable. For instance, if anyone bought a revenue site after 2013 in Rajanakunte or Nelamangala on the outskirts of Bengaluru, they can neither sell/purchase the site nor build a house.
“Registration of revenue sites in the state was stopped by chief minister BS Yediyurappa on the advice of a senior BJP MLA from north Bengaluru,’’ officials in the stamps and registration department said. “This affected our revenue and caused severe problems for middle-class people,’’ they added.
The move is an offshoot of increasing irregularities involving land sharks, and sub-registrar and gram panchayat officials.
Deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan said, “While the decision may impact the revenue of the stamps and registration department, which has set a target of Rs 12,655 crore for 2020-21, it is essential to control malpractices. There are reports about unscrupulous persons selling sites without land conversion or prior approval.”
He added, “In some instances, people have sold revenue sites to multiple people with the collusion of sub-registrars and gram panchayat officials. Unless all documents are in place, properties will not be registered.”
This has alarmed hundreds of urban middle-class people, who invested in cheap revenue sites on the city’s outskirts. They hope the government will take a definitive step in regularising these sites.
“We bought a revenue site in Rajanakunte because we were given a sale deed by the government (registered at a sub-registrar office) and therefore thought it was genuine. If there were lapses, why punish the people?’’ asked B Nagendra, a Group D government employee. Some revenue officials say the move could be a blessing for people who prefer apartments instead of sites.
‘Process on in some offices’
Sources said registration continues in some offices on the outskirts despite the government diktat if one goes through touts. They said at the Chikkajala sub-registrar office, for example, registration can be done with the help of some middlemen who reportedly possess documents prior to 2013.


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