BDA to crack down on illegal layouts
Asks Banks To Get Tough
Bangalore: Guess who’s
building a home in an unauthorized layout? Just about everyone.
From government employees to City Municipal Council (CMC)
members to ex-mayors, they are all in the violations game.
Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) officials
say there are some 190 ‘unauthorised’ layout in
the city (the BDA website lists some 104 of them).
Now, fed up of telling people not to buy
sites in projects without its approval, the BDA has asked
banks not to sanction loans for such projects. It has also
written to the Stamp and Registration Department asking the
Inspector General of Registration and Commissioner of Stamps
to ensure that no property is registered without the all-important
The IGR, BDA source told that as agreed
to do so but wants a detailed discussion with the BDA first.
But will such bans work, especially when lawmakers themselves
blithely ignore the BDA’s warrings?
The BDA’s list of violators includes
everyone – from cooperative societies formed by employees
of government agencies (including the state law department,
the revenue department and the central excise department),
to an ex-city mayor, a member of the Raja Rajeshwarinagar
CMC, as well as a co-operative house building society formed
by employees of a well-known nationalized bank!
BDA officials admit this is a tough situation.
“Every square inch is worth lot of money nowadays,”
The BDA, in the past, has had some success
in reclaiming its own land. Between 1999 and December 2004,
it recovered 175 acres. BDA commissioner M.N. Vidydshankar
says that 5.5 acres reclaimed in HSR Layout is now worth Rs
He says the BDA has also issued notices
to all on the ‘unauthorised’ list. Quite a few
projects have come up in the ‘green belt’ of the
city’s 1995 Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP). In
some cases, civic amenity sites (meant for parks and so on)
have been converted into plots.
By approaching banks and the stamps &
registration department to veto such projects, he hopes developers
will be forced “to approach BDA or the Bangalore Metro-
politan Region Development Authority (BMRDA) to get approval
for projects within the agencies’ respective jurisdictions.
- As per Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act,
BDA’s approval is needed for projects within the 1,279
sq km of Bangalore metropolitan region (within Bangalore
city, the CMC and the Town Municipal Corporation area).
- Ask developer to produce the copy of BDA approval
for the layout; layout plan should have BDA seal and ask
the developer to mark your site on the plan.
- Validate title deeds of the property; engage
a well-informed lawyer.
- Before investing, always check with the BDA;
consult the BDA PRO, duty commissioner or the town-planning
- Projects beyond BDA limits need BMRDA approval.
- Stay away from developers who claim to have ‘no
objection certificates’ from either agency.