Double allotment of Bengaluru development body’s sites continues to trouble buyers – ET RealEstate

BENGALURU: Many in the city, looking to construct a home, prefer residential sites developed by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) because they are supposed to be litigation free. But what to do when the sites sold by the BDA are under litigation and underdeveloped? If a letter written to the BDA Secretary by the Revenue Officer of BDA West Division, on October 1, 2020, is any indication, it seems that one cannot take the sale deeds between the buyers and the BDA, as genuine.

In the letter, the Revenue Officer made it clear that six sites bearing the numbers 669, 670, 672, 674 and 676 at Sector A, Block 3 of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout are allotted both to landowners, as well as buyers. The double allotment of these sites came into light when some of the buyers have approached the BDA Revenue Officer for khata certificates. The Revenue Inspector made it clear to the buyers that khata certificates cannot be issued since these are already allotted (registered) to the landowners and others.

Vanitha (name changed), one of the buyers who approached the BDA Revenue Officer for a khata certificate, was shocked to know that her site was allotted and registered to another person. “My mother is 75-years-old whose hearing has become impaired. She always dreamt of owning a BDA site and building a house on it, but now she has to wait for some more years to get the site from the BDA. She has already paid Rs 26 lakh for the site and Rs 30,000 for registration,’’ said Veeresh, Vanitha’s son.

Many buyers, whose sites are registered or allotted to others, are afraid of speaking against the BDA authorities. They believe that this may delay the re-allottin
g of a sites.

Meanwhile, Ashok M, Secretary, Nada Prabhu Kempegowda Layout Open Forum, blamed the BDA authorities for not digitising the property documents.

“I want the BDA to upload the information on their websites, regarding the allotment and registration of their sites. This will avoid double allotment and also avoid the site owners running from pillar to post for khata certificates,” questioned Ashok.

However, the BDA Public Relations Officer Girish LP has said the BDA Commissioner has taken a lot of measures to prevent double allotment of sites. “The BDA Commissioner has already suspended those employees responsible for the double allotment of sites.

His aim is to avoid inconvenience to the allottees. Now, all the documents related to site allotments and registration are digitized,’’ said the BDA Public Relations Officer.

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Proposed parking law in Bengaluru gets a step closer to reality – ET RealEstate

BENGALURU: The draft parking policy for Bengaluru — which proposes paid parking even in front of one’s house – was discussed at the state government-level on Tuesday. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa reportedly spoke in favour of introducing such a system, while directing Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar to hold another round of meeting to resolve all “differences” before the subject is listed before the State Cabinet.

This is the first time the state government conducted a meeting exclusively on the parking policy, which was prepared by Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) along with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), early this year. The draft report was submitted to the state government after collecting inputs from citizens. Some of the proposals that were discussed include permit-based parking system in residential areas, ban on parking within 1-km radius of multi-level parking centres, on-street paid parking in commercial areas as well as mandatory parking facility before purchasing vehicles in the city.

Sources said there while there were differences in opinion on some policies, everyone broadly suggested the implementation of new parking policy.

SR Vishwanath, newly-appointed chairman of the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), said the government is keen on implementing it.

“We have seen initial resistance from people but the city definitely requires parking policy. It could bring down the purchase of new vehicles as well as reduce the use of personal vehicles, all of which is a good sign. There will be further deliberations but we will go ahead,” he said.

The proposal for making parking facility mandatory for the purchase of new vehicles did not find consensus in the meeting as some felt the entire policy may never come into realty, if stringent regulations are introduced at one go. Sources said the Chief Secretary promised Chief Minister to hold a meeting and discuss the pros and cons of the new policy in detail.

DULT had made public the draft parking policy early this year. It has been broadly categorised into two parts. The policy allows parking on one or both sides of the road, depending on its size and locality.

It could bring down the purchase of new vehicles as well as reduce the use of personal vehicles, all of which are good signs­-SR Vishwanath, BDA chairman

Non-residential roads, which are less than nine metres wide, have been banned for parking.It also proposes permit-based residential parking system to regulate road side parking in residential areas. Permit will be given to building owners and associations whose buildings were approved on or before the date of issue of this policy. The permit, issued depending on the width of the road, will be valid for a period not exceeding one year. The policy had suggested creation of an area parking plan to fix the fee depending on the value of the land.Environmentalist DT Devare said the government should introduce parking policy and drop the transport cess it proposes to collect in the city.

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