After waiting for 16 years, there is good news for B Khata holders in the city. The government has finally directed BBMP to issue A Khata to the B Khata properties by collecting betterment fees. As per the suggested rates, the betterment fee for a site of 30/40 will be Rs 27,000 in the outskirts and Rs 22,000 in the centre of the city.
The sites with dimensions of 60/40 have to pay Rs.55,000 and Rs.44,000 respectively.
The decision was taken at a meeting headed by Chief Secretary P Ravikumar, after which a letter was sent by the Department of Urban Development to BBMP Chief Commissioner.
The BBMP will finalise the criteria for issuing the A Khatas and submit them to the Government. It will be implemented after the cabinet’s approval.
There are 6.16 lakh B Khata properties in the city. Its conversion will help BBMP earn a revenue of Rs 2,000 crore and help the property owners get loans from nationalised banks.
The rule will allow plan approval, construction permit and acquisition certificates, but it can’t stop construction of buildings. When B Khata properties are given to A Khata, then all the buildings must be constructed as per the rule.
The buildings constructed without the permission of the concerned authorities, the sites in illegal layouts, and the buildings are considered to be issued B Khata. Such properties are higher in number on the outskirts of the city. Even issuing A Khata will not resolve the issues related to the ownership and legal violations.
BBMP collects tax for 18.43 lakh properties. Among these, 12.26 lakh properties have A Khata and 6.16 B Khatas.