Khata transfer is an activity that in the land records of the local government transfers the property in your name. This is a follow-up activity after you have registered your property and the property belongs to you.
Khata Transfer at BBMP
Technically this is just a formality that needs to be completed. But it is a must do activity in case you need to sell your property. Most builders will help you do this transfer done in your name. But would ask for a hefty service charge which is anywhere around 8-10 times the actual cost prescribed by the government. Sometime in August 2008, I and my neighbors decided to get the Khata transfer done for our apartments. Everyone we spoke to quoted a big price to get it done. We did a little bit of research on the internet and figured out the process and the documents required for getting the Khata done.
We collected all documents and went to the BBMP office, which fortunately is not too far from where we stay. Met a person, who told us that he can get the Khata done in 20 days. And the cost is this per unit and since it was two of us, we might get some discount. We told him that we do not have any money and hence can not pay anything, we will submit the documents and we will wait for the process to take its time. We were anyway not in any hurry. He said, you can try but it will not happen. We had no clue what to do, but we decided we will give it a sincere try. So began our series of trips to BBMP office.
Every other day we would go and they would tell us some document that is missing. Once they lost all the documents that I had given them. But we kept showing resilience and kept giving them the documents again and again. In the process, I almost made friends with the photocopier guy next to the BBMP office.
Then one fine day, we got the much-awaited notice from BBMP to deposit the Khata generation fees, which we promptly deposited. There were few more steps that we had to do like depositing some taxes and filling in some applications forms. But within next 2 weeks, with some additional 5-6 trips to BBMP office, we managed to get our Khata documents done. We had to be absolutely strong and say, ‘I do not have money to pay you and I want this done. Here are all the documents that you need.’ According to the BBMP website, once you submit all the documents you should get the Khata document within 30 days, but it took us four times the stipulated time.
Patience & Resilience
It was a test of our patience and resilience. But finally, it feels great to have done something just the right way. Looks like one of my biggest achievement in 2008…:-)