The Bengaluru civic body will tap into huge funds as it orders illegal structures in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits to pay double property tax.
Illegal buildings are increasing in the city and the respective authorities are not sure how safe the buildings are. With a move of collection of double tax, the civic body intends to increase its net revenue from the structures that cropped up with violations.
BBMP will soon bring to amend the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act , 1976. The move has been proposed in regard to a State government decision that allows the BBMP to roll up additional property tax from all the owners of unauthorized buildings and constructions.
Allowing BBMP to collect the double property tax, KMC Act,1976 is to be amended. Once approved, the BBMP will identify the building owners violating by-laws and issue notices to them.
Property tax has to be paid by all persons/institutions who own/possess land/buildings within the limits of BBMP. Property tax is applicable for all properties/open lands within the limits of BBMP. It is assessed on the basis of built-up area of the property/building.
With the functioning of such an order, a lot of constructions in BBMP area will take a beating. After such an order, owner of illegal structures will be duty-bound to remit double the property tax of their property for the rest of time span, so long as the construction is illegal.
Other Proposals :
DCM says,there are a few other proposals to be amended in the KMC Act. The BBMP has proposed to collect 50% of the building value as deposit to prevent violators from getting a stay from Karnataka High Court before owners approach the Court.
The proposal also includes 3 months imprisonment for those who are found to have aided the violations. BBMP Commissioner is of view that these measures will help in bringing an orderly development in namma Bengaluru.
The Akrama-Sakrama scheme, still pending before the Supreme Court allows all property owners to regularize some deviations. But the scheme is covering the violations of the approved building plan.
Bangaloreans are of the view that as long as an illegal construction is not regularized, BBMP should not collect the property tax. The BBMP must take action against buildings which are not eligible for regularization terms and conditions.