Saturday, January 12, 2008

Building rates kept in abeyance, relook on

Building rates kept in abeyance, relook on
DH News Service,Bangalore:
The Department of Stamps and Registrations has kept in abeyance its order implementing revised building rates. The department has again invited public objections, if any, within 15 days from January 7.


Speaking to reporters in Bangalore on Friday, IG (Stamps & Registration) H Shashidar said the department decided to give another opportunity to citizens to file their objections, if any, following complaints that the proposal was not properly brought to the notice of public.

Based on the objections, modifications, if necessary, will be made in the proposal before it is implemented.
In an order last month, the department implemented revised building rates across the State from December 12, 2007. Building rates are used to assess the value of buildings and categorised on the basis of construction materials used. The hike proposed was in the range of 10 to 25 per cent.

Mr Shashidar said the government has been holding consultations with officials and representatives of builders’ associations, on lifting the ban on registration of non-converted revenue sites.

“I can only say that the government is holding consultation in this regard. It is looking into the merits and demerits of the ban,” he added.

The ban has virtually smothered the market, as hundreds of sites on the outskirts of Bangalore (on agricultural land, without nod for land use conversion) are lying vacant.

The State government on Friday issued an order redrawing the jurisdictional boundaries of the existing six sub-registrar offices in Bangalore City and creating nine more registries.

These 15 sub-registrar offices are: Shivajinagar, Indiranagar, Halasooru, Basavanagudi, Chamarajpet, Srirampuram, Vijayanagar, Rajajinagar, Yeshwantpur, Jayanagar, Shantinagar, BTM Layout, Gandhinagar, Malleswaram and Ganganagar.

Office shifted
Meanwhile, the main office of the Department of Stamps and Registration has been shifted from Cauvery Bhavan to BWSSB’s Shimsha Bhavan in Jayanagar 8th Block, with effect from January 1, 2008.

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