Karnataka HC dismisses PIL against Akrama-Sakrama scheme
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Bengaluru: The Karnataka high court on Tuesday dismissed a 2015 public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the Citizens Forum for Mangalore Development and others, in a case relating to the legality of a proposed Akrama-Sakrama scheme that would regularise certain types of unauthorised constructions across the state.
The dismissal paves the way for the state government to implement the scheme that will help regularise at least four categories of buildings like ’B’ Khata (provisional ownership letter) holders, unauthorised buildings constructed without approvals, deviation and violations over the approved plans and conversion of land use. There are over 13.8 lakh such properties in Bengaluru alone, according to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the city’s civic body.
The scheme includes a one-time regularisation of up to 50% deviation (from approved plan) of residential buildings and up to 25% in case of commercial buildings.
“Practically we can’t demolish each and every building. We need a solution once in for all,” D.V.Sadananda Gowda, Union minister for statistics and programme implementation and former Karnataka chief minister said on Tuesday.
Unplanned expansion of Bengaluru and other cities in Karnataka has seen a rise in unauthorised buildings and a steady reduction of lake beds, storm water drain encroachments, playgrounds and parks among other spaces where residential or commercial construction is prohibited. The unplanned expansion has led to water-logging, felling of trees, a spurt in unauthorised layouts and construction related accidents in recent times.