Bylaw deviations to be regularised

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akrama sakramaBangalore, September 3:   The Governor’s green signal to the Akrama Sakrama Bill may bring cheer to thousands of property owners in the city. The property owners may now be able to regularise their building byelaw deviations, specifically deviations in setback and floor area ratio.

As per the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (KTCP) And Certain Other Laws (Amendment) Act, 2009, and the amended Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976, residential property owners will be able to regularise deviations up to a maximum of 50 per cent and for the commercial buildings, the maximum deviations allowed is up to 25 per cent.

This will apply to buildings constructed before December 3, 2009.

Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) M. Lakshminarayan told The Hindu that around 80 per cent of the 16 lakh properties in the city have one or the other form of deviation. He said that the building byelaw violations are common and most citizens deviate from the sanctioned plan. This could be for a variety of reasons, including vaastu. The BBMP only allows five per cent violations.

He said that the largest beneficiaries of this scheme will be large apartment complexes and big commercial buildings, who have accrued the violations. “Individual, small property owners may not be in large numbers, neither will the deviations be huge.”

Mr. Laskhminarayan said the BBMP had not yet assessed the revenue that it will get from this one-time payment to regularise their deviations. “However, the BBMP will not compromise on safety aspects. Regularisation of deviations will be done only if there is a full compliance of safety norms.”

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