BBMP, i.e. the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike recently drafted new guidelines to curb illegal construction in Bengaluru by penalizing violators for not abiding the law. The municipal corporation decided to increase the fine on illegal construction upto Rs. 2 lakh in case building bylaws are overlooked at the time of constructing a building structure. The proposal tabled by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike is waiting for approval to notify the rule. This hefty penalty will be imposed in case the violator owns a building structure of 60 ft × 40 ft or more.
The present guideline of BBMP under the Building Bye-Laws 2003 does not offer any provision to impose a penalty against the property owners for violating the building bylaws.
BBMP has tabled a proposal with new guidelines of bye-laws for 2019 that includes the penalty clause against the illegal construction in Bengaluru city.
The present building bye-laws is known an asset-forfeiture proviso and this permit Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike to take the possession of entire ground floor or 10 percent of the total built-up area.
The draft proposal has the provision of a one-time penalty with minimum Rs. 1 lakh that can go upto Rs. 2 lakh for carrying out construction without holding a license to develop the same along with an additional 1 percent of the guidance value of the respective plot on monthly basis.
The draft proposal also comprises of penalties on the officials issuing illegal licenses and unlawful refusal to issue licenses. The new guideline on illegal construction in Bengaluru also includes a penalty of upto Rs 10,000 and further action can be taken if necessary.
A fine of Rs. 50,000 monthly will be imposed on the developer in case he/she does not inform BBMP about the construction within two years of construction commencement.