BDA launches audit to know how much land it owns in Bengaluru...

    BDA launches audit to know how much land it owns in Bengaluru

    The Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA), which has commenced a comprehensive land audit to know the extent of land it owns in the city, hopes to recover 10,000 to 12,000 acres of encroached land. The authority is believed to own 38,800 acres of Bengaluru.
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    The BDA, which has developed 64 housing layouts so far, has no account of how much land it owns, or how much of it is encroached. A 2012 survey to ascertain this did not reach its logical end.

    The decision to carry out a fresh survey was taken a month ago during a meeting chaired by deputy chief minister G Parameshwara, who holds the Bengaluru development portfolio.

    It is learnt that the contract for the land audit has been awarded to El Technologies. The project cost is said to be ?10 crore. Preliminary work on the project, expected to be completed by March 2019, has begun.

    “It is going to be an exhaustive work. We have records related to layout plan, land acquisition, notifications done and the extent of land developed. The task is to survey the land and verify the survey report with our land records and layout plan documents,” said BDA commissioner Rakesh Singh.

    The BDA has decided to use drone survey to speed up the process and to get accurate data. “We will do total station survey wherever is required,” Singh said.

    To begin with, the private agency has been asked to submit data of four layouts that are surveyed by the end of the first week of December.

    While the BDA has not decided on the future course of action after the survey, officials say the plan is to auction unsold and vacant sites. In case of encroachments, squatters would be asked to either pay up for the land or vacate it.

    “We will get the data in a phased manner. We will have to verify the data and compare it with various divisions of the BDA. It will give the real picture on vacant sites and encroachments,” Singh said.

    A senior officer in the BDA pointed out that there is discrepancy in data on land acquired, land taken possession of, and land handed over to the engineering division. “Say, if 1,000 acres of land were acquired to develop a layout, only 600 acres were handed over to the engineering division. We should know why this gap exists and also find out where the missing sites are,” the officer said.

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