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    Bengaluru: ‘B’ Kharab land in private hands around city to be regularised

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    In the process, the Cabinet also reversed its decision last month to regularise such ‘B’ kharab plots that are in private hands in rural areas of the state, bowing to demands from a section of ministers who had sought a detailed reassessment of its pros and cons.

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    The government will demand four times the Guidance Value (market rate) that plots in the vicinity command for the ‘B’ kharab land.
    Bengaluru: The state Cabinet on Tuesday decided to regularise ‘B’ kharab (non-arable) plots in possession of private entities within an 18-kilometre radius of Bengaluru and other urban areas, providing some relief to several real estate projects, industries, educational and religious institutions.

    In the process, the Cabinet also reversed its decision last month to regularise such ‘B’ kharab plots that are in private hands in rural areas of the state, bowing to demands from a section of ministers who had sought a detailed reassessment of its pros and cons. In Bengaluru, the Cabinet decision will help industries and real estate projects get clear ownership of their entire land holding. The regularisation of such plots will attract a conversion price. The government will demand four times the Guidance Value (market rate) that plots in the vicinity command for the ‘B’ kharab land.

    The government will amend the Karnataka Land Grant Rules, 1969, to facilitate such sale.

    “We have decided to regularise ‘B’ kharab plots only in Bengaluru and other urban areas. This will help several people including industries and housing projects,” revenue minister R Ashoka told ET. A section of ministers, he added, had expressed concerns about ratifying possession of ‘B’ kharab plots by private entities in rural areas as they may have been part of streams or canals. ‘B’ kharab plots are ones meant for public use, according to Karnataka’s classification of revenue lands. In several cases though, they are not in public use and are stuck between private properties, industries, educational institutions, religious and welfare institutions, and revenue authorities refer to them as “landlocked government lands.”

    In fact, in some cases, new industrial units, including in backward districts, have not been able to start work as they have not been able to sort out issues related to B kharab land. Private plot owners have made several appeals requesting revenue authorities to convert the ‘B’ kharab lands into ‘A’ kharab, which can be privately owned, law minister JC Madhuswamy had said recently. The latest decision may, however, leave some industrial units in rural areas disappointed. A large industrial unit in Ramanagara district, for instance, has been struggling to sort out its land issues, having been stuck with an acre of ‘B’ kharab land in its vast industrial campus. The Cabinet has decided to sell only such plots that are not in public use.

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    6 Comments on this Story

    Talavane Krishna5 days ago
    In Mysore the govt has illegally declared 2000 acres as kharab B inspite of the High Court order nullifying it. Over a lakh people are adversely affected for nearly 10 years. Many have died of old age and many more are in their late 80s.there are many institutions like hospitals, colleges etc on this land. The successive corrupt governments have done nothing to help these people ignoring the judiciary. The government constantly keeps advertising and boasts to the world that Karnataka is the best place for investment. I as an NRI invested all my savings in millions of dollars over the last 25 years and built a wellness centre which attracts people from over 65 countries and for the past ten years the government decided to declare the entire 2000 acres in this area where my property is also located as kharab B land without any logic. This has been clearly overturned by the Hon High Court. The government has kept these people languishing for nearly ten years. I hope the Govt comes to its senses and implements the court order at the earliest. The lands are situated in Kurubarahalli Sy no 4, Alanahalli Sy no 41 and Choudahalli Sy no 39.
    mickky 6 days ago
    Send these land mafias and politicians in the border region near Pakistan and China, one day they will cover Russia as well
    Praker 6 days ago
    Agricultural land becomes plots and then becomes vacant for decades as greedy investors purchase it... millions of such vacant plots are visible in bangalore... why government and authorities are closing eyes on this?
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