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Kartikeya is an IT Manager based out of Bengaluru, who likes to volunteer for social causes and consumer awareness.


  1. khatha should be abolished all together from BBMP and an independent body shall be authorized to allot property unique number to each flat or house based on sale deeds. It should be online like in European countries. This unique number shall be the authority for sale and purchase. khatha system is based on bribery system , crores of rupees are fleeced through brokers. Pay to broker u can get khatha in one day also.

  2. Was the SAKALA route tried? If not, why was it not tried? if it was tried, why did it fail?

    • Dear Kathyayini – As mentioned in the article, Sakala route was tried. The request will reach to BBMP and after keeping it on hold for few days, BBMP would reject the request citing “incomplete documents”. When the applicant would reach BBMP with the same set of documents, the application was accepted. Sakala helpline felt helpless. They could just connect with ARO….nothing else. It just did not work.

  3. People with better understanding of the rules may help me and many others like me understand the position with respect to flats.
    A builder asks us to enter into two separate agreements 1) sale deed and 2) construction agreement. When the construction is complete, and registration is complete, he hands over the flat asking us to get the khata transferred to our names.
    My question is this: how can the builder be the owner of the flat to transfer the khata – How did the flat go into his ownership?
    Once the sale agreement is entered into we the buyers should be the owners of the property and get the construction done by whomsoever we want, but here perforce through the seller himself.
    My second question is this: We agree to get the khata transferred. We go to the village panchayat office for filing an apllication. Now that office says the fees for that khata transfer is Rs. 25000 and above for a flat of cost of Rs 25 lakhs. This sounds unreasonable. Having paid every charge due to the Govt through the builder (who already paid liberally and generously more than enough money by way of bribe from the money collected from the buyers to get all approvals) why should this cruel drama of khata transfer enacted by the Govt – builder nexus be entertained by the buyers? Why not get this scrapped? The registration of the sale agreement should give the ownership rights to the buyer.
    My final question is: What is the real value (with no bribe) of the fees to be paid to the Bettakotta Panchayat in Devanahalli, for a flat registered for Rs 25 lakhs?

  4. Very interesting article. I do compliment you and appreciate your covering subjects of common interest. Keep up the good work.

    Renganathan Narayanan, Bengaluru

  5. This is the condition of almost every government office in every state. Everyone knows that no work happens without bribe. E- governance is the only way to corruption free India.

    • You are badly mistaken. In Kolkata, khata transfer is called mutation. Govt published on-line site and encourage people for self applying but if you aren’t so capable enough,go to their office and men at may I help group will fill up on line on behalf of you. After processing the form you will be instructed be present with original documents to office on a date at fixed time.you csn opt day&time as per your convenience. Within 7days you will be instructed to deposit 0.5% of value of flat to bank or on line payment. After 7days you will be directed to download the mutation copy from site. All very smoothly and without bribe.

  6. This is doable. We, some of the flat owners in SLV Splendour Apts, Harinagar Cross, Amruthnagar Main Rd have achieved it too. The process is simple and online through Sakala. One final visit to bbmp office to collect documents at the end.

  7. They purposefully create problem. For just data entry mistake by revenue dept which they themselves agreed on first day itself, they took 18 months. Last 2 months my father almost went daily. Even a complaint to commissioner via online ,rerouted problem to person who was of no help.

  8. Absolute lie. Our own housing society collected Rs 7000 per flat, (there are 126) towards expenses. Official charges is 2% of registration value which is around Rs.4200

    • Sridhara – There are two types of charges…. The Statutory charges which includes BBMP fees and 2% of registration value…and the “Service Charge or Convenience” which is nothing but the bribe. That bribe is being quoted in the article. Statuaory charges is anyways you have to pay – whether you take civilly correct path or the bribe path.

  9. Can any Property registered without Bribe !? where is ACB, Govt !?
    Love to hear if any – w/o bribe registration. Now, they call it (Bribe) as legal charges.

  10. When everyone knows that the department is corrupted, why no one taking any action against civic body?

  11. Justice delayed is Justice denied. Hats off to the people who have shown the right way to live and are fighting for their rights.

    A similar community near to this with about 800+ houses is in the same situation. Though the builder has provided builder khata, bifurcation documents, they are hand in glove with the officials and forcing people to pay bribe towards khata transfer.

    At first the builder has not paid property tax since 2016, and now the residents are forced to pay for 2016 too. The irony is that few have registered the property in 2018.

    People just want khata in their name and have taken to agents instead of fighting for rights.

    Hence this achievement by West End Heights residents is laudable. Hats off to your struggle.

    Until their are people who are ready to bribe there will be corruption. The system has to be simplified and more machine dependent to make India corruption free.

  12. This is not a success story at all, how do you expect me as an individual property owner to fight the system.

    • Ppindia – Actually, you are right. This shouldn’t be a story at all if the system was working as per the mandate it has been given. Only when the system doesn’t work, there should be a story. Completely empathetic with you that an indiviual property owner will have a tougher fight. But what has happened after this is that hereafter even a lone applicant from Westend Heights apartments can get his Khatha.

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