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    Karnataka: Registration & construction of houses on revenue sites barred

    The government recently issued a memo to all sub-registrars directing them not to register plots that have no permission issued by competent authorities, municipal or panchayat as applicable.
    BENGALURU: The state government has banned 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 permission 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 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 theses 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.










    Karnataka: Registration & construction of houses on revenue sites barred, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)
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      Encroachment of drains no longer a crime?

      ByNaveen Menezes / Updated: Jan 12, 2021, 06:00 IST

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      BBMP Act 2020, which came into effect from Monday, makes no mention of action to be taken in such cases; Palike chief says there is always scope for amendments

      Going by the new Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Act, 2020, which came into effect on January 11, 2021, it’s a criminal offence to obstruct a public road or footpath but encroaching storm water drain or a lake is not. The 264-page document -- which is a 92 per cent copy of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation (KMC) Act -- does not provide the legal framework for the removal of encroachments in rajakaluves and water bodies. This could also make the Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) redundant.

      The word ‘encroachment’ appears at least nine times in the act that received Governor Vajubhai Vala’s nod recently. There is also a line where the ward committee has been given the powers to inform the corporation regarding encroachment of land belonging to the BBMP. Nowhere does the gazetted document give authority to the BBMP on removing encroachments of storm water drains and water bodies.

      The Act has, however, specifically mentioned the removal of structures or fixtures that have been erected on the encroached land by obstructing the streets. In such instances, the zonal commissioners have the powers to issue notices if he or she finds the structure blocking the public road including footpath.

      “There is no mechanism to prevent encroachments. Encroachment of waterways and water bodies should have been made a crime. So, lakes and SWDs will keep getting encroached,” a government source said while stating that encroachment is the reason for flooding in the City. “There is also no clarity on Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) too. It’s not mentioned in the Act,” he said.

      It’s learnt that there was a separate chapter on encroachments in the draft BBMP bill but it did not make it in the gazetted document.

      Legal experts who worked on the Act said that there is no specific provision in the Act that talks about removal of encroachments in storm water drains and lakes. “The Act has other provisions which give powers to the Commissioner to remove encroachments in the interest of the public,” Shashank Atreya, fellow at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, said. A separate system is also being developed for the management of rajakaluves, which will be outside the purview of BBMP. The new entity could be entrusted with the powers to evict encroachments of drains and lakes

      N. Manjunath Prasad, BBMP Commissioner, said that the Act does not mention the removal of encroachments in storm water drains or lakes. “The government can always make amendments to include this provision under Rule 36 of the Act. Even through a government order, the powers to remove encroachments could be entrusted with the corporation,” he said.

      Advocate Sudarshan Suresh said the government should have mentioned encroachment of storm water drains and lakes in the Act as a criminal offence. “Not including this leads to open ended questions. Even enforcement against such encroachments is also missing in the act. Provisions against encroachments could have been a separate chapter in the Act,” he said.









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        Karnataka plans tax hike, properties outside Bengaluru to get costlier

        At present, residential and non-commercial buildings are taxed between 0.3% and 1% of guidance value and the amendment seeks to change it to 0.5% and 1.5 %.
        • TNN
        • January 14, 2021, 09:50 IST

        BENGALURU: Prices of properties in Karnataka outside the purview of Bengaluru city are set to go up with the state government proposing to hike property tax in all municipal corporations.

        The cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to amend the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, to tweak property taxes. At present, residential and non-commercial buildings are taxed between 0.3% and 1% of guidance value and the amendment seeks to change it to 0.5% and 1.5 %.

        So far, 50 % of guidance value of property is considered capital value for tax calculation and it will be changed to 25% of guidance value.

        The amendment also envisages tax for vacant sites which are over 1,000sqft. At present, vacant sites are not taxed. The new rates will not be applicable to properties within BBMP limits since the city is now governed by the newly enacted BBMP Act.

        Law and parliamentary minister JC Madhuswamy said: “The amendment is in accordance with the Centre’s guidelines according to which property tax should be increased periodically. By complying with these guidelines, the state will be eligible for additional borrowing of 0.25% of the gross state domestic product.”

        The cabinet also approved Rs 25 crore for developing cultural and heritage centre in the name of late pontiff Balagangadharanatha Swami of Adichunchanagiri Mutt in Ramanagara district and Rs 200 crore for filling tanks in Tiptur taluk.

        It also decided to convene the joint session of the legislative assembly and council between Jan 28 and Feb 5.










        Karnataka plans tax hike, properties outside Bengaluru to get costlier, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)
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          Bengaluru ranks sixth in world on congestion

          TNN | Updated: Jan 14, 2021, 11:17 IST

          File photo of traffic jam in Bengaluru

          BENGALURU: Traffic congestion in four big cities of India — Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Pune — is crawling back close to the pre-pandemic levels, particularly in the past six months since unlocking started in phases, according to a report by a global location technology specialist.

          Mumbai ranked second in the world, Bengaluru sixth, Delhi eighth and Pune at number 16 among 416 cities across 56 countries on traffic congestion level parameters. Moscow recorded the maximum congestion across the globe in 2020.

          The presence of the three Indian cities in the top 10 of the TomTom Traffic Index is also being seen as an indication of a quicker revival of economic activities. In 2019, Bengaluru topped the list among all the cities across the globe.

          The tenth edition of the global traffic index released on Wednesday said the overall congestion level in Mumbai was 53%, which was 12% less than that of 2019.
          Bengaluru saw a 20% drop in traffic congestion even as New Delhi saw a barely 9% reduction in congestion during the pandemic-hit year compared to the previous year.










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            315Work Avenue leases around 1,00,000 sq ft workspace in Bengaluru

            The new office will be spread across two properties located at Koramangala and old Madras road in Bangalore and will have around 2000 seats. File photo

            BENGALURU: Flexible office provider, 315Work Avenue has leased one lakh sq ft of office space in Bangalore to cater to the growing demand from large enterprises.

            The new office will be spread across two properties located at Koramangala and old Madras road in Bangalore and will have around 2000 seats.

            “In the current situation, taking a conventional office space is becoming challenging for companies. Most of the companies are looking for flexible office spaces, and thus safeguarding them from Capex cost, longer lock-in terms, huge deposits etc.

            Corporates and large enterprises too will avoid high capital expenditures and look towards flexible working spaces to expand business. Moreover, the pandemic has highlighted the importance of de-densification of office space and adoption of hub and spoke model,” said Manas Mehrotra, Founder, 315Work Avenue.

            315Work Avenue plans to beef up its total portfolio to 25000 seats this year with a focus on south and west India, while further strengthening its presence in Bangalore. The company currently manages 15 workspaces with around 12,000 seats across multiple prime locations in Bangalore.

            “We have also signed around 1000 seats last month with multiple companies and we foresee a huge jump in coworking space demand in coming months, as people want to have flexibility in the way they work, including locations, office tenure, options to expand and downsize anytime etc,” said Mehrotra.

            According to a Savills India report, leasing activity by coworking operators is expected to increase by 42 per cent in 2021 over 2020, and the share of coworking space take-up in overall office leasing activity is poised to rebound to a 15 per cent share in 2021, similar to the 2019 level. Bengaluru and Hyderabad continue to see maximum traction of the total leasing activity in the coworking segment.













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              Bengaluru: Flat owners move court against deed of declaration registrations

              The petitioner-association has sought for a direction to forthwith stop the registration of Deed of Declaration (DoD), with or without bylaws.
              • TNN
              • Updated: January 16, 2021, 14:59 IST

              BENGALURU: The high court has ordered notice to the state government in a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Bangalore City Flat Owners’ Association.

              The petitioner-association has sought for a direction to forthwith stop the registration of Deed of Declaration (DoD), with or without bylaws. DoD is a document giving details of the apartment, its facilities, common areas, buildings and the extent of ownership of the flat buyers.

              A division bench headed by chief justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka posted the matter to February 18, while directing the authorities, including the inspector-general of registration and commissioner of stamps, to submit their response. According to the petitioner, the DoD is being registered in a callous manner, without the sanction of law, without any conferred jurisdiction and without knowledge of consequences.

              “This has led to the perception and misconception amongst promoters/ homebuyers that mere registration of DoD in a sub-registrar’s office is tantamount to formation of a residents’ welfare association ( RWA),” the petitioner said, adding that the resultant effect is that home buyers are being made to pay a huge price by a small segment of people, who control these unrecognised associations.

              The petitioner said many of the promoters/ homebuyers, through DoD registration, have formed ‘Apartment Owners Association’ and on the basis of their claim to being a body corporate/ juristic body, opened bank accounts, obtained PAN cards, GST licences, availed IT benefits, etc.













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                Bengaluru: Three years on, Bellandur streets still unmotorable

                Nithya Mandyam | TNN | Jan 16, 2021, 10:02 IST

                Residents say every time it rains, the roads turn into slush pools

                BENGALURU: For the third consecutive year, ward roads in Bellandur continue to be in a mess. Feeling immobilised, several residents have even pooled in money to fix them.

                Pradhyumna SK, a resident of Kasavanahalli, said earlier he had a two-wheeler and often suffered from back problems due to the road condition. “I was forced to buy a car. But did the civic administration pay for it,” Pradhyumna asked. Stretches in Kasavanahalli, Haralur and Junnasandra are in a sorry state for nearly three years now.

                Every time the residents raise a complaint at the BBMP ward office, officials promise to do the needful but fail to keep their word, says Vishnu Prasad, member of Save Bellandur Forum. “BWSSB deposits the money towards fixing roads it has dug up with BBMP, but the amount is just a few lakh rupees. It is impossible to repair 190km of ward roads in 110 villages with that amount,” said Prasad. These 110 villages were added to the Palike jurisdiction 13 years ago.

                Asked why these issues were not being discussed at ward committee meetings, Prasad said: “Most meetings are held behind closed doors and with a special audience. We are not allowed to participate.”

                Tulasi Layout, CSB Layout, Mudhaliyar Layout, Owners Court Layout, KPC Layout and Bloomingdale Layout are among the areas where streets are in a pathetic state.
                “Cauvery work was the primary reason for the roads to get damaged. Pipes have been laid, but the civic administration has no plans to fix the roads,” said Hemakumar K, committee member of Namma Owners Court. “There are nearly 1,400 houses at Owners Court Layout, and we have pooled in Rs 3.4 lakh to make the stretches motorable,” Hemakumar added.

                A BBMP official said the money allocated for repair is being used for creating drains. “The amount paid by BWSSB is small compared to what is needed to fix the roads. We will be taking up road repair from March,” the official said.












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                  Bengaluru: 5,000 take Yelachenahalli- Silk Institute Metro line on Day 1


                  Christin Mathew Philip | TNN | Jan 16, 2021, 10:01 IST

                  Some residents staying along the Kanakapura Road hopped onto the train to experience the new service.

                  BENGALURU: Around 5,000 passengers traveled on Namma Metro’s new Yelachenahalli- Silk Institute corridor (6.4km) on Day 1 of its commercial operations on Friday.

                  Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) rolled out services from Silk Institute at 7am. However, virus scare and work-from-home continuing due to Covid-19, meant coaches remained largely empty.



                  BMRCL managing director Ajay Seth said about 5,000 passengers used the extension line on the first day.

                  Some residents staying along the Kanakapura Road hopped onto the train to experience the new service.



                  “There are several residential complexes and educational institutions along this stretch. Commuting through Kanakapura Road was a nightmare during peak hours and commencement of Metro services is a big relief,” said Ashok Rao, a resident of Konanakunte Cross.

                  Many others are overjoyed as the Metro service is now at their doorstep.



                  Kiran Kumar, another passenger and a resident of Doddakallasandra, said: “We have been waiting for this day for more than two years. Earlier, I used to board a train from Yelachenahalli station but now the station is stone’s throw away from my home. My office is located in Indiranagar but there’s no need to commute for me now since I’m still working out of home. I decided to take Metro on the Day 1 itself to just experience the service. It’s a relief rather than driving through congested roads.”

                  “Namma Metro is a safe, fast, reliable and convenient mode of transportation and connects to major parts of the city. I paid Rs 19 from Silk Institute to Yelachenahalli for a Metro ride in 10 minutes and overall a great experience,” said S Srinivas, a retired government employee.
                  Some said BMRCL should change the name of the terminal station from Silk Institute to Kanakapura Road or NICE Junction.

                  “These train services are towards the Central Silk Board near Madiwala. Only people staying in this locality know Karnataka State Sericulture Research & Development Institute which is located near NICE Road” said Aswathy S, a techie who boarded the train from Talaghattapura.

                  The Central Silk Board Junction near Madiwala on Hosur Road is 14km from Silk Institute. BMRCL officials said they have renamed the Anjanapura terminal name since Anjanapura Township is located relatively far from the station.

                  “There is also a demand to rename the proposed Central Silk Board station on Yellow Line (R V Road- Bommasandra) to Madiwala station,” said a BMRCL official.

                  Union minister of state for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said extension of the line will lead to an incremental increase in daily ridership — 1.9 lakh in 2021 and 2.2 lakh in 2031.

                  However, a senior BMRCL official noted: “These numbers are DPR estimates of the southern extension when the entire 72km Phase 2 gets completed. We realized that mere southern extension without other reaches will not get this ridership. The current estimate (for normal period) is 75,000 daily commuters on the southern extension based on the pre-Covid ridership of 12,500 commuters per day per km. The current ridership will be lesser.”

                  Feeder buses

                  BMTC has been operating 944 trips with 107 schedules towards Jambusavari Dinne/Anjanapura, 451 trips with 63 schedules towards Vasanthapura from Konanakunte Cross and 1134 trips with 121 schedules on Kanakapura Road to different areas.

                  In addition to this, BMTC has introduced 16 new Metro feeder services in four routes at a frequency of 15-30 minutes. The routes are: Talaghattapura-Kengeri, Doddakallasandra-Rajarajeshwari Nagar Gate, Silk Institute-Kumbalagodu, Silk Institute-Harohalli.











                  Bengaluru: 5,000 take Yelachenahalli- Silk Institute Metro line on Day 1 | Bengaluru News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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                    Residents fume as Koramangala slowly turns into a dust bowl

                    ByNaveen Menezes / Updated: Jan 18, 2021, 06:00 IST

                    The BBMP officials said that they stopped cleaning the road as it has been short-listed for the white-topping work

                    Vendors say that they have not noticed any cleaning of the road for one year

                    Alane each on both sides of the ring road, between Indiranagar and Koramangala, is filled with a thick layer of dust, indicating that stretch was never cleaned for a long time.

                    Road-side vendors and vehicle users, particularly the two-wheeler riders, are worst affected during the day as buses and other four-wheelers ply at high speed on the dusty road.

                    Road users want the dust to be cleared using the mechanical sweeping machines as the extent of fine dust accumulated is so much that it cannot be cleaned using a broom.

                    Vendors say that they have not noticed any worker or gangman cleaning the road for the last one year. Mostly, the motorists use only the four lanes as the periphery of the road is accumulated with a billow of sand.

                    Dust is the highest contributor to air pollution. If such an important road is left unattended to for so long, how can the BBMP be trusted on its capability to maintain ward roads in a court

                    – Sudarshan D, resident of Koramangala
                    “Dust is the highest contributor to air pollution levels. My two-wheeler was about to skid as one lane is full of sand. If such an important road is left unattended to for so long, how can the BBMP be trusted on its capability to maintain ward roads,” Sudarshan D, who lives in Koramangala said.

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                    BBMP officials said they stopped cleaning the road as it has been short-listed for the white-topping work. “The responsibility of maintaining the road was original with the major roads department of the BBMP. We transferred it to projects central department as they are taking up development work,” a BBMP official said.

                    On Saturday, workers were seen cleaning the drain and removing road-side weeds but no attention has been given to cleaning the dusty road.

                    Rs 23.50 crore project
                    It’s learnt that the BBMP is about to take up white-topping work on the 2.15-km stretch between Domlur flyover and Ejipura junction at a cost of Rs 23.50 crore.
                    Some motorists, however, said that the BBMP should defer the plan of white-topping the road until the flyover in Koramangala is ready. “Instead of blocking the road for laying concrete, the BBMP should immediately fill potholes especially below the stretch where the flyover work is underway,” Yogesh, a food deliver executive said.








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                      Realtor out for walk found murdered in Bengaluru

                      TNN | Jan 17, 2021, 06:28 IST

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                      BENGALURU: A realtor-cum-grocery shop owner was murdered by unidentified assailants in Devanahalli, northeast part of the city, on Friday night. Police said victim Nagaraja Murthy, 65, a resident of Tippu Road went missing on Friday evening, after he left home for his regular walk. Murthy’s Family made desperate attempts to find him and even visited houses of friends and relatives in and around Devanahalli. However, there was no trace of Murthy, whose mobile was switched off.

                      On Saturday morning, the public alerted police on seeing a body near Silicon Layout in Devanahalli. Police, with the help of family members, identified the person as Murthy.

                      “Preliminary investigation revealed the assailants hit Murthy on the head with a blunt object and stabbed his neck. The body has been sent to Devanahalli government hospital for autopsy,” Devanahalli police said adding, “We suspect that a financial rivalry could be the motive behind the killing.”









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