Bangalore Development Authority – Plan

How Bangalore retains the fair name of “Metropolitan City”



The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) of Bangalore, India, is a governmental organization and the principal planning authority for Bangalore. BDA oversees planning and development of infrastructure, provision of development-related sites and services, the housing needs of underprivileged citizens in Bangalore and is currently the city’s largest land developer. No other authority or person may undertake development within the Bangalore Metropolitan Region without the permission of the BDA


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.


The mission of BDA is to transform Bangalore into an ideal global destination with high quality infrastructure, better quality of life by ensuring sustainable and planned development based on effective monitoring, regulation, through participatory and innovative approach. BDA plans, regulates, controls, monitors and facilitates urban developments in Bangalore Metropolitan Areas, to ensure sustainable and orderly growth. Again all the residential & commercial properties are managed by BDA. For any types of construction you have to approve the plan by BDA. According to survey Bangalore property is the best property among all the Properties in India.



Development of Bangalore in a planned manner, creating quality infrastructure, provision of sites and services and catering to the housing needs of the under privileged are the focus areas of the BDA. The Bangalore Development Authority performs planning and development functions:


Planning Functions


The Bangalore Development Authority is designated as the Planning Authority under the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, 1961.  The planning functions in brief include the following:

  • Preparation of development plan for Bangalore
  • Preparation of scheme plans
  • Approval of development plans for group housing and layouts
  • Approval of building plans
  • Other statutory functions under the KTCP Act.

Development Functions


In addition to the planning functions, the BDA Act envisages the following development functions:

  • Planning and implementation of schemes for residential sites, commercial sites, industrial sites, civic amenity sites, parks and play grounds
  • Construction of commercial complexes
  • Development of major infrastructure facilities


BDA is competent to issue directions to other authorities connected with other developmental activities.  BDA has to ensure proper coordination between BDA and Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board which are the other important development agencies when development schemes are envisaged by such agencies. Bangalore Development Authority is headed by Chairman and eight nominated members in the Board of the Authority. Following three Committees have been constituted under section 3 and 9 of the BDA Act in the Bangalore Development Authority.

  • Allotment of sites Committee
  • Civic Amenity Sites Committee
  • Change of land use Committee

The Development Plan considers the present situation, the various growth trends at work and future issues. It integrates key influencing factors including City’s natural environment, its heritage, and issues of economic efficiency and social equality. As a Planning Authority, BDA has to prepare a Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) for Bangalore Metropolitan area. CDP will be revised once in ten years as per section 25 of the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act 1961.

The first Comprehensive Development Plan for Bangalore Metropolitan area was approved on 12.10.1984. Subsequently Revised CDP was approved on 05.01.1995 which is still in force. The total jurisdiction of BDA as per Revised CDP is 1279 Sq. Kms. area. Out of this, the Green Belt area covers 682 Sq. Kms. The conurbation area (urbanized area) is 597 Sq. Kms. including spotted development. Out of this conurbation area, about 225 Sq. Kms. areas is the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike area. BDA has now taken up re-revision of CDP, which is under progress.

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 organizations, catering to the felt needs of the particular locality.

The following functions are carried out by the Public Relations Wing:


  • Information Counter

Information about various procedures in BDA is disseminated from the Information Counter. In addition, BDA has published a guide for the allotters with a view to assist them through various procedures to be followed in matters like obtaining sale deed, transfer of site etc.


  • Single Window Agency

This Single Window Agency receives applications for various purposes from public on acknowledgement and thereafter transmits them to various departments for necessary action. In the process, the applicant is also informed about the time limit within which his application will be examined and final decision given.


  • Newspaper and Publications

Apart from the above, Public Relations office handles the media issues. These include publication of press notes, advertisements as also rejoinders and clarifications with reference to reports appearing in newspapers about the Organization.


Metropolitan area of BDA covers the following taluks as per 1995 Revised CDP.

The BDA Authority has the following main departments:

  • Land Acquisition Department: The Land Acquisition Department works in close liaison with the Engineering Department for the purpose of acquiring lands required for executing various developmental schemes & formation of new layouts.
  • Law Department: The Law Department advises the Authority on various legal issues, handles litigations by and against the Authority in various courts, etc.
  • Finance Department: The Finance Department renders advice to the Authority on various financial issues and is also entrusted with the responsibility of maintenance of the accounts of the Authority. This Department also oversees the demand, collection and balance of dues to the Authority.
  • Town Planning Department: The Town Planning Department is responsible for preparation and revision of the Comprehensive Development Plan for Bangalore Metropolitan Area, periodically, preparation of Layout Plans, approval of Development Plans for Layouts and Group Housing Schemes and generally assists the Authority in its function as the Planning Authority for Bangalore.
  • Allotment & General Administration Department: The Allotment & Administration Department handles all matters pertaining to allotment of sites, shops and houses, assessment of property tax, leases and shop rents. The Department is also entrusted with the responsibility of all establishment and general administrative matters.
  • Public Relations Department: The Public Relations Department receives applications for various purposes from public on acknowledgement and thereafter transmits them to various departments for necessary action. Apart from the above, Public Relations office handles the media issues. These include publication of press notes, advertisements as also rejoinders and clarifications with reference to reports appearing in newspapers about the Organisation.
  • Engineering Department: The Engineering Department is primarily concerned with the execution of various developmental schemes in the layouts as also infrastructural works. This department also monitors the execution of water supply and underground drainage works in BDA layouts taken up by BWSSB and electrification works executed by BESCOM and also takes of works on self execution.
  • Environment & Horticulture Department: The rapid growth attracted the attention of the Government and efforts were set afoot for a systematic development of Bangalore so as to retain the Fair name of “Garden City”. A City Improvement Trust Board was constituted by the Government in 1945. The establishment of the Bangalore City Muncipal Corporation by clubbing the two Municipalities, the City Municipality and the Civil and Military Station Municipality in the year 1949, with 30 Sq. miles of area, was also beneficial for the systematic growth of the city.

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