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BENGALURU: The state government may cut the fee for houses built without permission by 50 per cent by 2008, notified by the Bangalore Development Agency (BDA) to regularize them, a top source said. It has reacted badly to the government’s move two years ago to amend the BDA Act to regulate them.

The dismal response prompted the BDA to recently recommend this cut to the government. “We are thinking of halving the regulatory fee. We will place it at the next BDA Board meeting for finalization. After that, it will be sent to the cabinet for approval,” said a TNIE source. The deadline for completing the regulatory process will also be extended by three years.

A senior BDA official told TNIE, “Till date we have received only 231 applications from house owners for regularization of their properties built under 64 schemes. A survey conducted by EI Technologies revealed that more than 20,000 houses were built illegally. So the response was very poor. “

It was on October 19, 2020 that the state issued a notification to amend the Bangalore Development Agency Act, 1976. A new section 38D was inserted and the Act was named as the BDA (Amendment) Act, 2020.

According to this Law, which came into force retrospectively from 10 July 2020, the regulation fee was as follows: For 20x30sqft: 10% of the guideline value; Up to 30x40sqft: 25% of the guideline value; Up to 40x60sqft: 40% of guide value; Up to 50x80sqft: 50% of guideline value. Only buildings up to a maximum of 4,000 square meters are regulated. The fee for structures on corner plots is double for the same dimensions.
These will only apply to concrete structures built as per the scheme, while temporary structures will be removed, another official said. Those built after 2008 will be demolished.

A BDA official said that the high fee charged could have deterred the owners from coming to regularize their houses. “That’s why we have recommended to reduce the fee. We don’t want to go ahead and demolish the constructed houses. In future, if they want to get a loan or sell their property, the letter and sale deed issued by BDA will help them,” the official explained.

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