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Govt. Order halts registration of transactions in revenue land

Staff Correspondent

A measure to control haphazard growth of cities in the State

MYSORE: The ban imposed by the State Government on registration of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes without approval is expected to control the haphazard development and growth of cities in Karnataka. While the Government Order has laudable objectives of controlling the activities of realtors and developers, confusion over its implementation persists in rural areas.

Based on a Government Order dated April 23 in pursuant of the provisions in the Registration Act, registration of all transactions in revenue layouts that have not received approval for alienation have been stopped since Friday. Besides regulating the growth of the city, the Order will protect the interests of the public in securing the title deed for their property and assuring basic amenities, as earmarked by the town planning authorities.

According to the sources in the Revenue Department, the immediate effect of the Government Order was the stopping of registration of transactions in the revenue areas, whose alienation is not approved. In Mysore alone, approximately 40 per cent of the transactions will be affected, bringing down revenue by around 30 per cent, sources added.

With the registration and re-registration of revenue sites being banned under the Government Order, the sources said, site and house owners in several revenue layouts that have mushroomed in Alanahalli, Kyatamaranahalli, Sri Rampura, Dattagalli, Hebbal, Hinkal, and other areas will be affected. This, the sources pointed out, is due to the fact that many developers have not alienated the land and have distributed sites without seeking the permission of the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA).

The officials of the department said that in several areas, the public was not aware whether the land, which has been developed for residential and commercial purposes, has been alienated or not. This is especially true where secondary transactions have taken place. Even those areas that have been regularised by previous Governments will be affected, as a copy of the alienation plan has to be submitted to the registering authority to register the transaction.

These areas had been regularised without alienating the land from agricultural to non-agricultural purposes, the sources added. Sources said that the procedure involved in land development includes alienation of property, seeking approval for the layout plan from the competent authority, execution of relinquishment deed from the approval authority, and finally receiving the relinquishment certificate. Only after these procedures are followed, a private developer can allot sites to customers.

Problems

While the ban on registration of non-alienated properties will help in proper growth of the city, the same can affect a large number of owners in rural areas, especially in gramtana and panchayat areas. Traditionally, owners of properties in villages do not seek alienation before construction, which are at a later date regularised. In the event of this, the owner will be unable to sell the property even during distress, as the procedure to secure alienation of land is cumbersome.

In a large number of cases, the owner would not have been maintained the records, as in most cases it is ancestral property. To offset these problems, the officials said that a clear area could be defined under the corporation limits where the regulations could be enforced. The registration on panchayat and gramtana limits in taluk centres could be exempted, they suggested.

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