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I am planning to buy a site near electronic city. The layout is on agricultural land and the middle man has converted it into a layout. Now since the registration is not happening, he is asking to buy this land as an agricultural land. Can we go ahead with this offer? Please give us the implications of it.

- by Santosh, Nagarabhavi, B’lore

We have answered this type of queries earlier. Any agricultural land has to be converted for specific non-agricultural purposes. Further, layouts formed on such converted agricultural land has to be approved by planning authorities like BDA, BMRDA and the sites have to be released for sale. One cannot purchase an agricultural land unless he is an agriculturist with annual non-agricultural income less than two lakhs, or an agricultural labour. If you do not fall under any of the above category, you need permission from the Government to purchase agricultural land.

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These are all the legal questions answered by Advocate S.Selvakumar in various magazines, in various occasion including realestate reporter monthly.

QUESTIONS

Q:- There are two houses in a compound. I am staying in the house which is behind my cousin's. To reach the road we have been using the passage that runs through my cousin's property for more than 25 years. He sold his property to another person without our knowledge and the new owner is obstructing our passage to the road. There is no other alternative route to the road. What shall we do?

Q:- Certain hidden facts like pending cases, prior agreements, government notification of the property cannot be traced easily by verification of the documents. How can these hidden factors be uncov¬ered, and what should a purchaser do to protect himself against these factors?

Q:- What is the procedure for Khata transfer and the actual cost to transfer the Khata. How do we know that the Khata transfer certificate is original?

Q:- I am not able to understand the difference between Khata Certificate and Khata Extract. Would you please enlighten me on this?  Could you also brief me about the importance of Encumbrance Certificate?

Q:- My son wants to purchase a plot near Horamavu, but on verification of CDP map, the plot was found to be in green belt area. I have been advised that non-agriculturist is not eligible to purchase agricultural lands. The present owner assures me that the problem can be solved by registering the land in Sq, fts. Instead of guntas. My father is a farmer. Many such transactions have taken place. Can my son purchase this land and construct a house. There are also chances of land being notified by BDA, in that case what are the consequences?