Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Seal for farmland layouts in works

Seal for farmland layouts in works
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: Nearly a month after the revenue department banned registration of properties on agricultural lands without proper conversion, the State Government is planning to issue fresh guidelines soon to tighten the noose around real estate developers.

According to sources, the government is contemplating filing criminal cases against developers flouting the Land Reforms Act and developing unauthorised layouts without proper facilities.

``Our intention is to crub unauthorised layouts mushrooming around Bangalore in particular and across the State in general. We want to stop this unbridled growth,'' the sources said.

The guidelines are being finalised by the revenue department after discussions with officials from stamps and registration, urban development and town planning departments, the sources said. The Government is expected to announce the new norms after the June 2 byelection.

The guidelines are likely to spell out a clear procedure to streamline registration of properties. ``Presently there is a confusion as to which properties can be registered. To avoid this, the guidelines will specify the category of lands that can be registered along with supporting documents issued by the local town planning authorities and the urban development department,'' the sources said.

The revenue department on April 23 issued a notification banning sale and registration of properties that have come up on agricultural lands without land conversion approved by deputy commissioners. It also banned registration of plots and flats that have been developed without proper approval by the competent town planning agency.

Following the notification, registration of properties on revenue sites in and around Bangalore and across the State had come to a standstill. The urban development department has already come out with guidelines on registration of properties in general.

The new guidelines are likely to regularise the properties registered on already existing unauthorised layouts as a one-time measure. This will allow sale of properties developed on revenue lands. The cut-off date for registering such properties is being worked out, the sources said.


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