Bengaluru Development Authority to tie up with realtors – Bengaluru

Bengaluru Development Authority to tie up with realtors – Bengaluru

Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) – planning to tie up with realtors to over come the cash crunch in Bengaluru. 

There are very few people who wants to own BDA flats and villas  in the last years.  This has made Bengaluru Development Authority to decide on teaming up with private realtors.  This move by BDA will take away the authority’s power to decide on the real estate prices.

BDA – Bengaluru Development Authority :

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) came into being with effect from 6th January 1976 under a separate Act of the State Legislature viz. the BDA Act 1976. This Authority combined in itself the Planning functions of the City Planning Authority and the developmental functions of the erstwhile CITB.

Focus of Bengaluru Development Authority :

Development of Bengaluru in a planned manner, creating quality infrastructure, provision of sites and services and catering to the housing needs of the underprivileged are the focus areas of the BDA.

Since inception, the BDA has allotted 76,000 sites to individuals for construction of residential dwellings. In addition, more than 800 civic amenity sites have been given for use by various public utilities, as also organisations, catering to the felt needs of the particular locality.

Functional Divisions of Bengaluru Development Authority :

The Authority has the following main departments

1. Land Acquisition Department

2. Town Planning Department

3. Engineering Department

4. Allotment & General Administration Department

5. Finance Department

6. Law Department

7. Public Relations Department

8. Environment & Horticulture Department

Real Estate – Realtors :

Real estate is “property consisting of land and the buildings on it, along with its natural resources such as crops, minerals or water; immovable property of this nature; an interest vested in this (also) an item of real property, (more generally) buildings or housing in general.

Residential real estate :

Residential real estate may contain either a single family or multifamily structure that is available for occupation or for non-business purposes.

Residences can be classified by and how they are connected to neighbouring residences and land. Different types of housing tenure can be used for the same physical type.

For example, connected residences might be owned by a single entity and leased out, or owned separately with an agreement covering the relationship between units and common areas and concerns.

Public Private Partnership model – Bengaluru Development Authority :

The BDA is cash-crunched.  The authority as sought the government’s permission to enter into the public-private partnership (PPP) model with private companies and realtors.

Real Estate word on newspaper

The plan is to make quick business and raise money for various infrastructure projects by constructing and selling villas and flats in namma Bengaluru.

The Bengaluru Development Authority is planning to undertake new housing projects under the Public Private Partnership model.  Once the government approves, the project will be undertaken on unused land.  The authority is also planning to sell the already constructed flats and villas with a more transparent and faster approach.

Unsold property by Bengaluru Development Authority :

The Bengaluru Development Authority is in possession of 2000 flats and 30 villas.  Under the new PPP model, the authority is planning to sell the land to a private company/realtor. 

Under the new model, good quality construction and the sale of the same will be the builder’s responsibility.  After the sales, the Bengaluru Development Authority will get a share of the apartments and villas.

According to the BDA Commissioner, the Government’s approval has been sought.

Implementation of PPP Model :

The PPP model is followed in the case of the BDA shopping complex in Koramangala.  In case of the housing projects, the Bengaluru Development Authority takes around 30 to 35% of the land or cash compensation along with flats and villas.

Under this model, the Bengaluru Development Authority will have a share in the project.  This divides BDA’s work. 

If this model goes well, the Bengaluru Development Authority plans to implement at the Dasanapura Village where work is on to construct 340 villas, 

Flyover loop – Bengaluru gets Rs.195 crore

Flyover loop  construction is back at Bengaluru again.  The funds allocated for this project is Rs.195 crore in the Karnataka State Budget.

To reduce traffic at Outer Ring Road i.e. Bellari road and Tumakuru road, the BBMP will build additional loops on K.R.Puram and Hebbal flyovers.

Flyover loop at Hebbal :

The construction of Hebbal flyover loop was run into a monetary hurdle.  The project envisaged the construction of a 1.25 km. two-lane flyover along with an underpass.

The flyover loop begins ahead of Esteem Mall and ends at Baptist Hospital.  The work is progressing under a snail’s pace.

This flyover loop will be built along a stretch of 1 km. with 43 piers.  The height will be 16 mtrs.

Additional flyover loop:

The additional flyover loop is part of the elevated corridor project proposed by the BDA.  BDA has handed over the project to the civic body as there are no funds in the BDA.

The BBMP has acquired land for an underpass at Goraguntepalya.  The Government had shelved the project to make way for the steel flyover.

Additional loop

Work on the additional loop on the Hebbal flyover was scheduled to be over by April but due to delay the time may extend until December.  Land for the same is yet to be acquired.  The cost of the project may also increase over the time. 

Brigade Road and Commercial Street :

The State Government in its budget allocated money for making Brigade road and Commercial street reserving for pedestrians.  The same plans is for Church street also. 

Church street was redeveloped as a pedestrian only road.  But due to heavy traffic congestion on the adjoining road, the traffic was later allowed. 

The twin shopping hubs of the city i.e., Brigade road and Commercial street will be redeveloped under the Smart Cities Mission. 

A total of 20 roads in the city will be redeveloped at a cost of Rs.200 crore.

Varthur lake – sluice gate project

Varthur lake – froth and debris

Varthur lake sluice gate project gets a new deadline.  According to the BDA the work will be completed by April 2019.

The sluice gate project has already missed many deadlines.  

History – Varthur lake

Varthur Lake is an artificial lake, or tank, located in the Bangalore South taluk of the Bangalore District in Karnataka. This lake has played an important role in maintaining water resources for irrigation since its construction during the Ganga Empire over 1,000 years ago (Karnataka State Gazetteer, 1990).

Varthur lake

Over the centuries, the lake has developed into a complex ecosystem that provides habitat for a variety of plant and animal species.  This includes resident and migratory waterfowl.  The lake also provides the local community with a pleasant micro-climate and considerable pleasing appeal.

Inter-connection and degradation

Varthur lake is part of a system of interconnected tanks and canals that receive practically all the surface run off, waste water and sewage from Bengaluru South.  Urbanization and population expansion in Bengaluru and surrounding towns and villages have taken a brunt on many tanks.  Varthur lake is one among them.

Varthur Lake froth

Pollution has exceeded the ability to integrate contaminants.  This has lead to visible degradation of the quality of water in the lake. 

Sluice gate project – Varthur lake

The BDA has completed the installation of sluice gates in the varthur lake and are working. The 20 metres of the waste weir is yet to be completed.  BDA has set April as a deadline for the work completion.

According to the residents the contractor has not received enough funds from the authority to carryout the work, hence the delay.  The work was halted due to the construction of the new bridge adjacent to the old bridge in varthur.  This demanded diversion of water.

Present scenario

Lake bed is still filled with excess soil and debris. The minor irrigation department had dug it up to set up KC valley pipelines.  The clearance of the debris is yet to take place and restore the lake-bed.

Allotees return  sites – Kempegowda layout

Allotees return  sites – Kempegowda layout

Allotees return sites  in the Kempegowda Layout phase-2 are surrendering their sites to the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), similar to phase-1.

Reasons for allotees return of sites :

The reasons are also the same – financial constraints, poor infrastructure and BDA’s construction clause. However, another addition to the list is that most of the sites are in low lying areas and near to water-bodies, making construction difficult and costly.

The allotment of Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) sites to 4,970 allottees in the Second Phase of the Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout which had a controversial start with same sites allotted to many continues to be dogged by problems.

Though specific numbers are yet to emerge, a considerable number of allotees are put off over being allotted sites very close to Storm Water Drains (SWD), in violation of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) norms on buffer zones.

Sites under litigation for years have been allotted to some, while over 50 site holders have been allocated properties facing a graveyard. Site owners in some sectors have not been provided a map about their site thereby keeping them in the dark about their surroundings.

This has become a matter of worry for BDA officials as this is the second consecutive time the citizens are returning the sites in the same layout.

In phase-1, over 400 allotees had surrendered their sites. This is the first layout the BDA is developing after the Arkavathy Layout. The officials are now working out on measures to ensure that the BDA’s image is not tarnished.

One of the allotee who returned his site, told that finances were too difficult to manage.  It is a challenge to arrange the amount for the site and also to construct a home. Payments and construction have to be completed within the stipulated time of 60 days and five years.

Doddabidarakallu lake  under threat:

Doddabidarakallu lake  under threat:

Lakes are one of the valuable wetlands of BengaluruNowhere is it more apparent than in the city of Bengaluru, once famous for its beautiful lakes created by Kempe Gowdas and the Wodeyars of Mysore and then the British. The wetlands in the city are now dying a slow death thanks to rapid growth and urbanization resulting in encroachment and discharge of sewage and industrial effluents.

Most lakes in the Bengaluru region were constructed in the 16th century by damming the natural valley systems by constructing bunds. They met the drinking water, irrigation and finishing needs of the community and were known to have a positive impact on the ecology and micro-climate of the city. They not only help by replenishing the groundwater resources in the vicinity, but also prevented flooding, treated waste-water, arrested sediment loads and functioned as a productive ecosystem.

The Daddaabidrakallu lake falls under the limits of Nagasandra and Doddbidrakallu villages off Tumakuru Road in North Bengaluru.  This lake is connected to the Tippagondanahalli reservoir, which is under  the jurisdiction of Bengaluru Development Authority.

Residents in and around lake complain of garbage and debris dumping, encroachments and discharge of sewage.  BWSSB set up a sewage treatment plant near the lake a few years ago, but it is hardly of any use.  Residents complain that the authorities have not taken any measures to save the water body.  The sewage treatment plant is not treating the water entering the lake.

After the construction of the STP near the lake, a project was taken up to revive the lake years ago.  But the lake has not seen any development.  According to BDA, the lake has been not revived for the last 10 years.