BDA warns public to be wary of colourful ads
BDA issues clarification about the formation of private layouts by land developers.
With regard to some of the advertisements by land developers which have been appearing in the newspapers, about formation of private layouts and availability of sites for sale in such layouts, Bangalore Development Authority has issued a clarification for the public.
Under the KTCP Act 1961, BDA is the planning authority for the Bangalore metropolitan area. The jurisdiction of BDA includes entire hoblis of Kasaba, K R Pura, Varthur in Bangalore South taluk, entire Yelahanka, Hesaraghatta, Jigni, Sarjapura, Bidarahalli in Bangalore north taluk and major portions of Kengeri, Beguru, Uttarahalli in Bangalore South taluk and major portions of Yeshwantpur, Tavarekere, Dasanapura, Attibele, Anugondanahalli and Kasaba in Bangalore north taluk.
Formation of a layout or group housing projects in the above mentioned areas shall be undertaken only after obtaining sanction by BDA. The Gram Panchayats or the municipalities are not empowered to approve the layout plans and group housing projects in the above areas. Mere conversion order obtained from the revenue authorities is insufficient for formation of layouts.
A certificate issued by the BDA to the effect that “lands are not notified by BDA for any schemes” is not an approval order for formation of layouts. Sanction for approval of any layout/group housing scheme is accorded by BDA with a work order along with the seal and signatures of the officers of BDA on the plan, says an official pressnote from BDA.
BDA warns the public of purchasing such sites which attract the customers with colourful brochures and advertisements issued by the developers. Public is requested to ensure that the site/layout/housing plan is approved by the BDA before purchasing the same, says BDA. Sites purchased in authorised layouts will not only be deprive of basic civic amenities, but also development will not be permissible if the sites fall in the green belt area. (As per the RCDP of Bangalore except for hospital, school and places of worship as per the HC interim order in a PIL - W.P.31562/97.). Catchment areas of Arkavathy/Kumudavathy rivers are also declared ‘no development zone’, says the pressnote.
There are also possibilities of unauthorised sites formed on BDA-notified lands and BDA acquiring such lands where, as per its records, no layout plan has been approved. The BDA warns the public of purchasing sites in Sai Garden Layout, near Vidyaranyapura, advertised by R V Builders and Developers, as this is an unauthorised layout and that action is being initiated against the developers as per the law.
Similarly, areas of Bangalore Rural district and Malur Taluk of Kolar district, partly come under the jurisdiction of Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority (BMRDA) and partly under BMICPA and those purchasing sites are requested to verify if the land is BMRDA/BMICPA approved.
BDA has also warned developers against formation of unauthorised layouts and that it will attract a penalty under the KTCP Act 1961.