Kempe Gowda layout to become smart city in Bengaluru

BENGALURU: To provide latest infrastructure and to create space for IT parks, the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) is planning to develop the 4,000-acre Nadaprabhu Kempe Gowda layout as a “smart city” that can meet the needs of the community which is expected to swell to about 4-5 lakh residents once the layout is fully developed.

The BDA is also making provisions for IT parks.

“Whatever latest technology is available including supplying power using underground cables, we will be adopting it,“ PN Nayak, Engineer Member at BDA, told media. “We are making provisions for everything unlike the earlier BDA layouts. Everything has been planned to provide for drainage, bus bays, hospital, residential complexes and a mini stadium,“ he said.

“We are earmarking 600 acres for civic amenities. Which means so much of space will be available for different purposes including IT parks,“ said the BDA’s Engineer Member.

The agency is planning to take the help of the state government and the Centre to make the layout its first smart city project. The agency is building a 11.7-km road which will cut through the layout from Magadi Road to Mysuru Road. The road will be 150-foot wide and the BDA is making a provision for the metro to pass along the central median.

The agency was earlier planning to build a 330-foot (100-metre) road -almost like a peripheral ring road between Mysuru Road and Magadi Road but revised its plans later. It wants to develop the arterial road more as a major road providing access to the residents of the Kempe Gowda layout that is being carved out in Kengeri and Yeshwanthpur hoblis. The BDA is developing 40,500 plots in this new residential layout being developed after a gap of 11 years.

The allottees are upset that the BDA is trying to collect the allotment price upfront though the layout is still in the formation stage and will take about two years for it to get basic infrastructure. They want the BDA to collect money only after the plots are fit to move in.

KS Hiremath, an allottee, said the BDA should comply with all the latest laws and regulations and must focus on early development of the layout since the allotment price is very steep and higher than the guidance value.“We don’t want KG Layout to become another Arkavathy Layout. We want the plots being allotted free of all types of litigations,“ he said.

Credits ET Realty

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