The attempt to regularise unauthorised buildings and layouts through the ‘Akrama Sakrama Scheme’ has been challenged in the Karnataka High Court through various PIL petitions. These petitions have questioned the constitutional validity of the amendments made to the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act and the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (Regularisation of Unauthorised Development or Constructions) Rules, 2014.
The Centre for Law and Policy Research has filed a PIL on behalf of the Citizens Forum for Mangalore Development and the Citizens Action Forum, arguing against the arbitrary manner of conducting regularisations in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution, and the consequent adverse effects on the Right to a healthy and clean environment under Article 21 of the Constitution.
This newspaper article by Matthew Idiculla tracks the key arguments on the ‘Akrama Sakrama’ matter that have been made by the petitioners up till now before the Karnataka High Court.
Multiple faces of Akrama Sakrama argument
The Akrama Sakrama scheme has been challenged in the Karnataka High Court for violating the Right to Equality and Right to Life. We track some of the key arguments made in the Court in the last two weeks.
Mathew Prasad Idiculla, 15 Nov 2016 , Citizen Matters
The Akrama Sakrama scheme, which seeks to regularise unauthorized constructions and developments, has been one of the most contentious civic issues in Bengaluru. The scheme was initiated by the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act and Certain Other Laws (Amendment) Act, 2004. This Act amended the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, 1961, the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976 and the Karnataka Municipalities Act, 1964. – See more at: http://bangalore.citizenmatters.in/articles/scheme-unconstitutional-petitioners-against-akrama-sakrama-bangalore#sthash.4fMTBsmP.dpuf