The government has once again raised hopes of B khata site holders assuring that they will be converted to the A khata group. Presently, most of the site owners in the city couldn’t get plan approval, loan facilities, occupancy certificate (OC), and completion certificate (CC).
During the recent session, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai assured the state-wide regularisation of B Khatas including Bengaluru. A total 18,52,802 properties are part of the tax network in BBMP. Property tax is fixed as per the classification of the properties. There is a separate property tax for different types of buildings — 25 per cent for commercial buildings and 20 per cent of unit area value is fixed as property tax for residential buildings.
In the year 2021-22, holders of 13,56,087 properties paid tax under self-declaration of property tax. Among these, 97,057 are commercial buildings, 9,112 multi-storey buildings and 12,59,030 are residential buildings. The 10,516 building owners who were assessed wrongly were served with notices and Rs 56.14 crore property tax was collected from these buildings.
It seems the government has decided to issue A Khata to B Khata owners before the BBMP elections. When BBMP expanded its limits by adding 110 villages to its purview, many have converted revenue lands into sites without any approvals from concerned authorities and land conversions.
Un-scientific layouts were constructed all over the city. Due to this, BBMP was losing tax income. The government ordered non issuance of A Khata for the layouts built without proper documentation. After 15 years also, the site owners couldn’t convert their B Khata to A Khata.