AKRAMA-SAKRAMA AMENDMENT RETURNED


THE GOVERNOR OF KARNATAKA HAS RETURNED THE AMENDMENT BILL ON AKRAMA – SAKRAMA (REGULARISATION OF UNAUTHORISED BUILDING IN GOVERNMENT LANDS) AND HAS ADVISED THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ACTION ON A.T.RAMASWAMY COMMITTEE REPORT AND TASK FORCE REPORT ON THE RECOVERY OF THE GOVERNMENT LANDS.

THE AKRAMA-SAKRAMA BILL IS POSTED FOR HEARING IN THE HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA TODAY !!!

 

 

Permanent Benches of Karnataka High Court at Dharwad and Gulbarga Districts in the State of Karnataka


The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for the establishment of permanent benches of the Karnataka High Court at Dharwad and Gulbarga Districts in the State of Karnataka. Establishment of Permanent Benches of the Karnataka High Court at Dharwad and Gulbarga would facilitate better access for justice to litigants of the Districts, covered under the jurisdiction of the Dharwad and Gulbarga Benches. It will also help in speedy disposal of cases with consequent reduction in pendency in the High Court.

The proposal to make the Circuit Benches permanent has been approved by both the State Government and Chief Justice of the High Court.

ENCUMBRANCE CERTIFICATE-WHAT, IT DOES NOT DISCLOSE OR DISPLAY??


ENCUMBRANCE CERTIFICATE IS A SEARCH DOCUMENT, WHICH PROVIDES OR DISPLAYS THE TRANSACTIONS ON  A PARTICULAR PROPERTY, DURING A PARTICULAR YEAR/PERIOD.  BUT , WHAT IT DOES NOT DISCLOSE/DISPLAY/SHOW/PROVIDE- IS THE LITIGATION, CLAIMS, LEGAL HEIR-SHIP, LEGAL NOTICES, CHARGES, ARREARS OF CHARGES AND TAXES AND PROCEEDINGS IN THE COURT OF LAW.

EXAMINING THE ENCUMBRANCE IN THE PROPER MANNER IS ALSO VERY CRUCIAL AND IMPORTANT.

PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION ON THE RECOVERY OF GOVERNMENT LANDS


THE HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA HAS ISSUED NOTICES TO THE CENTER AND THE STATE GOVERNMENT ON A PIL FILED BY MR.HIREMUTT, ON THE RECOVERY OF THE GOVERNMENT LANDS AND ACTION PROPOSED TO BE TAKEN ON THE IRREGULARITIES.

THE PIL IS FILED ON THE BASIS OF THE A.T.RAMASWAMY COMMITTEE REPORT AND THE STF REPORT HEADED BY SRI.V.BALASUBRAMANIAN.I.A.S.(RETD).

THE NEW GOVERNMENT MIGHT TAKE SERIOUS NOTE OF THE ISSUE AND TAKE STRICT ACTION AGAINST THE OFFENDERS AND ENCROACHERS.

SOME ILLEGAL AND UNAUTHORISED (CLAIMED TO BE)GATED COMMUNITIES VALUED OVER RS500 TO RS800 CRORES AND APARTMENTS BUILT ON INDUSTRIAL LANDS IN PATTANDUR AGRAHARA WILL BE REEXAMINED AND ULTIMATELY THE GOVERNMENT WILL RECOVER SUCH PROPERTIES.

HAD THE BUYERS WERE DILIGENT AND CONDUCTED THOROUGH A ENQUIRY INTO THE TITLES AND THE COMPLIANCE, BEFORE THE PURCHASE, WOULD NOT HAVE LANDED IN THIS SITUATION?

PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION ON THE ENCROACHMENT AND ILLEGAL OCCUPATION BY MAFIA FILED AT HIGH COURT


A GROUP OF LAW ABIDING CITIZENS WHO WERE CONCERNED WITH THE ILLEGAL OCCUPATION AND ENCROACHMENT OF BDA, KHB, KIADB, GOMALA  AND GOVERNMENT PROPERTIES/LAND ACROSS THE STATE, HAVE FILED A PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION IN THE HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA SEEKING A DIRECTION FROM THE COURT FOR THE RECOVERY AND PUNITIVE ACTION AGAINST THE OFFENDERS. 

MANY HI-FI GOVT LANDS OCCUPIED/ENCROACHED/UNDER POSSESSION WITH THE HELP OF MANIPULATED DOCUMENTS BY THE MIGHTY/RICH/POWERFUL GROUPS, LAND MAFIA, LANDS ENCROACHED BY ILLEGAL OCCUPANTS, BDA PROPERTIES ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED AND SOLD(MANY OF THESE HAVE BBMP KATHAS- A PARADOX- ABOUT 2000 ACRES OR OVER 20000 TO 40000 SITES) AND INDUSTRIAL LANDS CONVERTED ILLEGALLY BY THE BUILDERS FOR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES, ARE THE HIGH VALUE AND HIGH END PROPERTIES, WHICH MUST BE RECOVERED AND ALL THESE POWERFUL(FRAUDS AND CHEATS) MUST BE MADE TO COOL THEIR HEELS IN JAIL.  IT IS ALSO CLEAR THAT ALL THE BUYERS OF THESE PROPERTIES HAVE BOUGHT THESE PROPERTIES AT THROWAWAY PRICES, AS THEY ARE AWARE OF THE FACTS OF THE PROPERTIES. 

IT IS ALSO FELT BY A GROUP OF CITIZENS, THAT THE MOST INFAMOUS REGULARISATION SCHEME `AKRAMA-SAKRMA` MUST BE PUT ON HOLD AND GOVERNMENT MUST NOT REGULARISE SUCH VIOLATION AND DEVIATION.

BBMP building plan and the issues


TURN TO PAGE 3 AND READ THE GOOF UP

Read

http://archives.kannadaprabha.com/pdf/epaper.asp?pdfdate=3/5/2013

424 ILLEGAL AND UNAUTHORISED LAYOUTS IN BMRDA JURISDICTION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


ILLEGAL AND UNAUTHORISED LAYOUTS IN BMRDA JURISDICTION

BMRDA HAS IDENTIFIED AND HAVE INITIATED ACTION AGAINST 424 ILLEGAL AND UNAUTHORISED LAYOUTS IN ITS JURISDICTION IN ANEKAL, MAGADI, KANAKAPURA ROAD, NELAMANGALA ,HOSKOTE, DEVANAHALLY AND MYSORE ROAD AREAS.IT IS RELIABLY LEARNT THAT THE AUTHORITY HAS APPROACHED THE REVENUE DEPARTMENT AND THE JURISDICTIONAL SUB-REGISTRARS FOR DETAILS AND APPROPRIATE ACTION AGAINST THE OFFENDERS IN SOME CASES.

RECOVERY OF GOVERNMENT LANDS IN AND AROUND BANGALORE


 The Jagadish Shettar government is considering a proposal to revive the A T Ramaswamy committee report on encroachment of government land in Bangalore, which has unearthed over 40,000 acres land worth Rs 50,000 crore encroached in and around Bangalore.

The report of task force on government land encroachment across the state headed by V Balasubramaniam would also be taken up. The government has short listed retired additional chief secretaries K Jairaj and Mr.V.Balasubramaniam (task force head) to suggest government ways and means to implement both the reports. This action by the Government has sent shivers down the spine of land mafia, land developers, encroachers and violators. 

After a long time, it seems that the Government is serious about initiating action and recovering the public properties.

BETTERMENT CHARGES WILL BE COLLECTED BY BBMP !!!! BBMP RESUMES THE COLLECTION AND ISSUE KATHA


THE BBMP HAS DECIDED TO COLLECT RS550/- PER SQUARE METER OR  RS51.12 (approximately) PER SQUARE FEET OF DC CONVERTED LAND/PROPERTIES, WHICH ARE AMALGAMATED INTO THE BBMP(new areas included) AND ISSUE KATHA.  THE PROPERTY OWNERS, CAN ALSO OBTAIN THE PLAN SANCTION UPON SUCH PAYMENT. THE COLLECTION WAS STOPPED AS PER THE DIERECTION OF THE ORDERS OF THE HIGH COURT AND IT IS BEING RESUMED TO PROVIDE INFRASTRUCTURE TO THE NEW AREAS.

THE BBMP REVENUE AUTHORITIES WILL SCRUTINISE THE DOCUMENTS AND LEVY THE BETTERMENT/IMPROVEMENT CHARGES FOR THE DC CONVERTED PROPERTIES ONLY.  THE BETTERMENT CHARGES MAY BE PAID IN INSTALMENTS AS PER THE DIRECTION OF THE HIGH COURT.

THE CHARGES ARE NOT COLLECTED FOR REVENUE SITES AND OTHER TYPES OF PROPERTIES.

B FORM PROPERTIES


THERE IS HIGH RISK INVOLVED IN BUYING PROPERTIES WITHOUT BBMP KATHA.  PROPERTIES WITH B FORMS MAY HAVE DEFECTS, DISCREPANCIES AND IS IN CONTRAVENTION TO THE PREVAILING MUNICIPAL AND TOWN PLANNING LAWS.  IT IS ISSUED TO PROPERTIES WITH VIOLATION, NON COMPLIANCE AND IS IN CONTRAVENTION TO THE PRESENT STATUTES.

PURCHASERS OF THE PROPERTIES MUST EXERCISE UTMOST CAUTION.  BANK LOANS WILL NOT CONFER THE TITLE NOR KATHA(BBMP LIMITS)

THE HONOURABLE HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA HAS COME DOWN HEAVILY ON THE OFFICIALS FOR NOT HAVING ACTED ON THE ILLEGAL, UNAUTHORISED BUILDINGS, BUILDINGS WHICH HAVE VIOLATED THE BY LAWS AND BUILDINGS WHICH HAVE BEEN BUILT WITHOUT TOWN PLANNING APPROVALS.

IT IS DANGEROUS TO BUY BUILDINGS WITH DEVIATIONS. THE RBI HAS DIRECTED THE BANKS TO SANCTION LOANS ONLY TO THE BUILDINGS AND PROPERTIES, WHICH ARE BUILT AS PER THE SANCTIONED BUILDING PLAN.

BESCOM AND BWSSB DOES NOT SUPPLY POWER AND WATER TO THE BUILDINGS WHICH ARE BUILT IN CONTRAVENTION TO THE PREVAILING LAWS AND THE BUILDINGS WHICH HAVE DEVIATED/BUILT AGAINST THE BY LAWS OR SANCTIONED BUILDING PLANS.  THE OWNERS/BUILDERS/DEVELOPERS SUBMIT THE SANCTIONED PLAN AND OBTAIN THE POWER AND WATER.  IF AT ANY POINT OF TIME, IF IT IS BROUGHT TO THE NOTICE IN WRITING WITH PROOF AND EVIDENCE, THE SUPPLY WILL BE DISCONNECTED.

GOVINDAYA NAMAHA – BDA @ BUILDERS DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY


GOVINDAYA NAMAHA

 A NEWS REPORT:BDA AND BUILDERS COMBINATION TO PROVIDE CIVIC AMENITIES TO THE PUBLIC.

RTI HAS BROUGHT OUT THESE DETAILS. 

14 CIVIC AMENITY SITES HAVE BEEN ALLOTTED TO POWERFUL BUILDERS/DEVELOPERS BY BDA.

THE BENEFICIARIES ARE

1). GOLDEN GATE PROPERTIES. BELLATHUR.KADUGODI.

2). GOLDEN GATE PROPERTIES. BELLATHUR.KADUGODI.

3). KEYSTONE CONSTRUCTIONS. KASAVANAHALLY.

4). SHOBA DEVELOPERS. KUNDALAHALLY.

5). SHOBA DEVELOPERS. KUNDALAHALLY.

6). SHOBA DEVELOPERS. KUNDALAHALLY.

7). SHOBA DEVELOPERS. THANISANDRA VILLAGE..

8). SHOBA DEVELOPERS. NAGASANDRA VILLAGE..

9). SHOBA DEVELOPERS. NAGASANDRA VILLAGE.

10). SHOBA DEVELOPERS. HAROHALLY VILLAGE.

11). SHOBA DEVELOPERS. HAROHALLY VILLAGE.

12). SHOBA DEVELOPERS. HAROHALLY VILLAGE.

13). SKYLARK MANSIONS. SADARAMANGALA VILLAGE.

14). MANTRI DEVELOPERS. GUBBALALU VILLAGE.

Shankar Mahadev Bidari – A hero, Bidari along with his team risked their lives for the country -A view of one of the readers


I have been surprise by the judgment of hon’ble justice N.Kumar recently given in context of DGP of Karnataka,Shri Shankar Bidri.In 2011 Justice N.Kumar judgment given for Karnataka speaker ruling also was overruled by Chief justice kheher along with another judge of three judges bench .While Judges are called God in our country and they are above criticism but recent cases of judicial chauvism can’t be denied and there are many reasons that judicial accountability bill are brought to parliament and is passed into law recently .While we consider Judgments delivered by judges are to be respected we should not forget that not all but may be one or two judges are biased and judgments may be delivered with any motive to malign somebody or affect somebody’s prospective with some hidden agenda . According to me while human rights report of the STF commander Shri Shankar Bidri was given too much preference by justice N.Kumar over his sacrifice in controlling the menace of Verrapan who created regular panic in tamilnadu and Karnataka over decades and that lead to two riots taking place among two communities in state of Karnataka.Shri Shankar bidri stayed for months in jungles with his team, risked their lives and sacrificed STF men but bought peace to much extent in Karnataka, whose sacrifice resulted in praise by all parties in Karnataka and STF was rewarded.Kidnapping of Rajkumar by same verrappan that almost led to chances of fall of congress government led by shri Krishna and both tamilnadu and Karnataka people were close to riot . There may be excesses by some of the team of STF but stray cases are there always in any law and order maintaining force in all over world.What about excesses done by verappan on villagers, STF personals, their families who lived under tension over years till verappan was killed.What about tension created by verappan in both southern states while kidnapping Dr Rajkumar and his friend , what about torture to their family under mental pressure, how do one brings justice from terrorists , why we give so much preference to human rights of law breakers and highlight them as if Shri Shankar bidri is inhuman.Did any body considered his part of story or truth or just take decision That based on two affidavits of die hard supporters of known fugitive veerappan Hon’ble Justice N.Kumar could compare Shri Shankar Bidri worse than Gaddaffi and Saddam Hussain.Did Justice N.Kumar studied what has been done for years by Saddam Hussain that led to many lives buried and later thousands of graves were found after his death, in worst of genocides known in history he created over decades.Gadaffi looted his own country over decades and did no sacrifice his life but killed all those who opposed him and did genocide and both saddam and gaddafi ruined economies of their country and looted own countrymen where as Shri Bidri led his men to get rid of a fugitive Verrapan sought after by two neighboring states. Those who led their lives to bring to justice fugitives if are compared with saddam and gadaffi and removed from their post which brave men will led their life for our country against naxals, terrorists .People like Gilani in jammu and Kashmir freely move, who eat in our country, criticize our country, support terrorists openly and openly extend logistic supports to Pakistan anti india lobby and they will further roam free ,and our hard earnings goes to tax money that is spent on maintaining peace in Kashmir and our forces don’t have ammunitions to fight when needed ,because of judicially biased judgment l delivered and importance to wrong issues. Why do we blame terrorists when we have terrorists in our system who punishes martyrs and supports fugitives and terrorists. According to me, judgment  that led to many married daughters losing their rights on their fathers properties because Shri N.Kumar in 2010 in Pushpalatha case in Karnataka high court judgment case delivered a unnecessary lengthy judgment of around 120 pages where he observed that married daughters who were born after 17.6.56 will only get equal right in their fathers property.I feel that there is no need to deal in any matter whatsoever about date of birth issue after 17 6 56 as the puspalatha case has nothing to do with the date of birth issue and this has affected many poor married daughters right. These sorts of judgments are like slow killings to those who are affected of these faulty judgments ,I failed to understand What was the need  to deal with date of issue in pushpalata case who was born after 1956, his father got ancestral property under registered partitioned unchallenged and it became his self acquired property therefore his all siblings has equal right as per 17 .6 .56 HSA act, there was no ambiguity for Shri N.Kumar to raise and debate date of birth issue that led many married daughters to suffer and loose their equal rights born prior to 17 6 56 after his prejudiced judgment . it was legal partition pushpalata father got in year 1967 and he died intestate in year 1984.though the judgment favored pushpalata, there was no need for date of birth issue and its lengthy debate over 120 pages and the issue was irrelevant and it is needed that the chief justice of India should review the case. Justice N.Kumar also did not mentioned perhaps intentionally pravat Chandra pattanaik vs sarat Chandra pattanaik case AIR 2008 Orissa 133 ,Sugalbai vs. gundappa maradi and ors ILR 2007 KAR 4790;2008(2)Kar LJ :406 .in this two cases date of birth issue was settled that what needed Justice N.Kumar to debate a non issue in a different case of pushpalata where date of birth issue was irrelevant and he wrote more than 120 pages of observation that led to affect many married women in this country where people does not have much knowledge of law. Is it not than human right violation also as wrong judgment irrelevant to DOB issue in wrong case against settled principal of law  that led many married daughters to suffer ? I want all legal brains of this country to review  judgment of 2010 and they will find truth in my views, which are not against anybody.

How a hero of India from Karnataka having clean career over decades is put into trouble by this controversial judgement.I call all justice seeking people to read the judgment in case of pushpalatha and see how it damaged married daughters rights ,his judgment than can be termed as  judgment if he treats human rights violations so eagerly and seriously as he did in case of DGP of Karnataka, and the judgment was faulty, illegal, prejudiced.While my intention is not to malign any judge and not a complain but as a commen citizen I feel certain wrongs are to be corrected when some one projects himself a true and honest person to give justice .Please give justice to Brave hero like Shri Shankar Bidri who became victim of judicial chauvism in name of human right violation.Human right violation has become tool in hand of certain vested people and they use it time to time to punish their adverseries.

Mr.Mukesh Jain.

BDA TAKES POSSESSION OF NOTIFIED PROPERTIES IN BHOOPASANDRA


BDA HAD NOTIFIED SEVERAL SURVEY NUMBER XX PROPERTIES IN BHOOPASANDRA AND THE ISSUE WAS PENDING FOR A LONG TIME, THE OFFICIALS TOOK POSSESSION OF THE ACQUIRED PROPERTY WORTH AROUND RS70 CRORES.  IT IS ALSO SAID THAT MANY PROPERTIES WHICH HAD BEEN NOTIFIED IN AREAS LIKE HBR LAYOUT, HRBR, ARKAVATHY AND OTHER LAYOUTS, WHERE THE LANDS WERE ENCROACHED BY CRIMINAL ELEMENTS AND LAND MAFIA, WILL BE CLEARED VERY SOON. IN THESE AREAS, BASED ON WRONG DECLARATIONS AND MISREPRESENTATION OF FACTS, THE BBMP HAS ISSUED KATHAS AND MANY BANKS HAVE ALSO SANCTIONED HOME LOANS, WITHOUT EVEN VERIFYING THE DETAILS, SUCH PROPERTIES, EVEN THOUGH WITH BBMP KATHA AND BANK LOANS IS THE PROPERTY OF BDA AND IN SOME CASES BELONGS TO GOVERNMENT AND KHB.

THERE ARE PROPERTIES WORTH OVER FEW HUNDRED CRORES WHICH HAD BEEN NOTIFIED AND REWARD HAD BEEN AWARDED TO THE ORIGINAL LAND LORDS, WHICH ARE STILL IN THE POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL OCCUPANTS CLAIMING TO HAVE SALE DEEDS, FORM NO-9, FORM NO.10, BUILDING PLANS, PANCHAYAT APPROVAL AND WORSE-DC CONVERSION COPIES IN BDA AREAS AROUND BANGALORE.

DC order- Bangalore-400+ files are under review scrutiny and appeal


The State Government and the Special Task Force have scrutinised 400+ files and are in the process of filing appeal before KAT to quash the orders of the Special Deputy Commissioner, Bangalore Urban, Bangalore.  The Task Force has discovered and detected that all the orders are issued in contravention to the said Acts.

The lands bought or dealt or transacted between 2008-2011 based on these orders will be in for legal and judicial scrutiny and might be declared void.

We are glad, that we have rejected few files, offered to us for scrutiny, based on these orders,even before the task force discovered it.

The task force set up by the Government to recover Government lands have discovered that Rs1,500 crores worth of properties in Bangalore Urban District had been lost by the aforesaid illegal orders of the Special Deputy Commissioner, who was the SDC from 2008-2010, will be held responsible for the loss and will recover the properties soon.

REVENUE SITES WITHIN BBMP LIMITS WILL GET KATHA SOON-GOVT


THE CABINET HAS PASSED A RESOLUTION TO BRING IN THE NECESSARY AMENDMENT TO KARNATKA LAND REVENUE ACT IN THE CURRENT PROCEEDINGS IN THE VIDANA SABHA TO REGULARISE THE REVENUE SITES WITHIN BBMP LIMITS AND COLLECT THE CONVERSION CHARGES AND IMPROVEMENT CHARGES.  THIS WILL PAVE WAY FOR THE ISSUE OF BBMP KATHA TO ALL THE REVENUE SITES AND THUS IT WILL GET REGULARISED.  THE GOVT NEED NOT WAIT FOR AKRAMA-SAKRAMA, WHICH IS YET TO COME OUT OF THE HIGH COURT.

BUT ILLEGAL BUILDINGS, BUILDINGS WITH VIOLATIONS AND DEVIATIONS TO BUILDING BYLAWS AND SANCTIONED PLANS HAVE TO WAIT FOR AKRAMA-SAKRAMA.  THE BBMP IS EXPECTED TO MOP UP AROUND RS1,500/- CRORES THROUGH THIS PROCESS.

AKRAMA-SAKRAMA HAS NO PROVISION FOR LARGE SCALE VIOLATION &DEVIATIONS– DO YOU HAVE SOLUTIONS?


AKRAMA-SAKRAMA HAS NO PROVISION FOR LARGE SCALE VIOLATION &DEVIATION

NO PROPER ANSWERS YET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FROM THE GOVERNMENT

THE AKRAMA-SAKRAMA WRIT PETITION IS SLATED FOR HEARING(FINAL) ON 11-04-2011 IN THE HONOURABLE HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA.

What is the penalty for properties that have exceeded the set of violations limits prescribed under the law? AKRAMA-SAKRAMA HAS NO ANSWER TO THIS BIG QUESTION.  The new amendment bill passed in the assembly concentrates only on the penalties for smaller violations. The Government could not get the ASSENT of the Governor of Karnataka.

Gross violations across the city far exceed the ones within the set limits.  According to BBMP`s own rough estimates, only 7,00,000 properties our of the total 17,00,000 properties will come under the current scheme, when implemented.  This is just 20-25% of the overall target of regularisation.

The deviations, violations and encroachments are so high and blatant and in some cases, the entire layout or many multistoreyed buildings must be razed.  Does the Government has got the guts to go ahead and demolish? Unauthorised/illegal layouts has only 20 feet to 25 feet roads and roads are blocked.  The (lands) road stands in the name of the original seller or the agriculturise.  How can the Government use public funds to develop a private property or a property which does not stand in its name and authority?

What about the bigger ones that are left our? They will be asked to bring down their violations within the set limits.  The exact penalty for the gross violations is still under discussion. It is still open for debate and judicial intervention. The Write petition in the High Court may reach the higher courts, if a proper order is not made or if the Government could not propose or come up with a amicable or workable solution to this complex issue.

According to BBMP officials in the revenue department, what is presently inferred from the enactment is that violators must bring down their violation to the prescribed limit. But there is no answer to what happens if they do not conform/remove or bring it down, to it.

Even the punishment for those who do not pay penalty for violations within the set limit is also not clear as the corresponding rules to the enactment are yet to be framed.  Will it be disconnection of water and electricity as mentioned in the enactment?

50% to 75% of the apartments have large scale and violation and deviation.  Who will bear the penalty charges? Land lords? Sellers? or the Owners(buyers)? Why should they be penalised?

Many questions goes unanswered.

Again, No answers yet from the government.

Who will be benefited by this?

Middle Class?  Yes. To a certain extent?

Who else? Builders and developers ?  Yes.

Land mafia? Yes. 100%.

Will this be the end?  Or if the Petitioners go ahead with Revision petition? Approach full bench? or Approach other higher Courts?

No Answers?

OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATE AND Section 310 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act makes it mandatory for building owners to obtain completion or occupancy certificates within a month of completion of the construction.


Buildings which do not get completion or occupancy certificates from local authorities will be denied electricity connection in nine districts, including Bangalore city.

Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (Bescom), acting on a directive from the Karnataka High Court in a case related to the construction of a building in violation of sanctioned plan in the posh HSR Layout in Bangalore, on April 28 issued a circular making building completion or occupancy certificate mandatory for securing electricity connection.

The circular states that “all the field officers are hereby directed to insist for occupancy certificate in addition to the existing formalities from the applicant availing power supply to their buildings.”

Bescom, according to the circular, will issue an endorsement indicating that it cannot supply power if the building owner fails to produce the certificate while applying for electricity connections.

“The above directions are to be followed scrupulously while arranging power supply to commercial/multi-storied buildings/residential buildings/complexes,” the circular adds.

The circular will now come in handy for the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and municipal bodies in Bangalore urban, Bangalore Rural, Ramanagara, Chikballapur, Kolar, Tumkur, Davangere and Chitradurga districts (to which electricity is being supplied by Bescom) to check whether buildings have been constructed in violation of the sanctioned plan or without obtaining permission from the authorities concerned.

The High Court had directed Bescom not to supply electricity to a building bearing number 1085, 6th main, 19th cross, Sector 7, HSR Layout till the building owner, L. Dhanalakshmi, obtained the occupancy certificate from the BBMP.

The Court’s directive was a result of a petition filed by Sreekala Kadidal, owner of the neighbouring property. The BBMP, on a complaint by Ms. Kadidal, had found that Ms. Dhanalakshmi was constructing flats in violation of a plan sanctioned for constructing a residential building with six rooms.

Ms. Dhanalakshmi moved the Karnataka Appellate Tribunal (KAT) against the BBMP’s decision to demolish the illegally constructed portions of the building. The building owner contended before the KAT that there was no violation. The tribunal issued an interim order directing that status quo be maintained and further construction be stopped.

Meanwhile, Ms. Kadilal moved the High Court complaining that attempts were being made to provide water and electricity supply to the building for which the BBMP had not issued occupancy certificate.

After hearing the arguments, the High Court directed Bescom and the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) not to provide electricity and water connections to the building until the KAT finally decided whether there was any violation and until the building owner produced the occupancy certificate.

Armed with the High Court order, the BBMP requested Bescom to instruct all its officials not to provide power supply to all building owners who fail to produce occupancy certificates while seeking electricity connections.

Section 310 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act makes it mandatory for building owners to obtain completion or occupancy certificates within a month of completion of the construction.