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BENGALURU: Bengaluru City Development Minister K J George on Sunday said he will have Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) embrace technology, computerise all its records and step up transparency in its affairs.
He told ET that he has held a meeting with BDA officials and had himself briefed about the way the organisation is going about the allotment process in regard to its proposed Kempe Gowda layout, off Magadi Road. The Minister said the present BDA rules required to be reworked to provide for greater relief to citizens by way of reduction or waiver of registration fee while applying for plots and other things such as increasing the transparency levels.
BDA has invited applications for 5000 plots at its proposed Kempe Gowda layout, off Magadi Road, and will receive applications up to December 31. The announcement has kicked up a lot of excitement among Bengalureans as this is a housing layout the organisation is forming after a long gap of 11 years.
BJP MLAs S.Suresh Kumar and L.A.Ravi Subramanya had last week slammed the BDA for the way it was going about the exercise, and had written to Minister George fearing that the organisation might turn the allotment process into a messy affair. They alleged that the BDA was conducting itself more like a private real estate company than an organisation created to provide housing to citizens. They highlighted the lack of online application option, exorbitant registration fee, refusal to pay interest on the huge initial deposits collected etc.
The BDA, George said, will provide for online registration and application for plots in future.
The Minister said he plans to visit the Kempegowda Layout to see the progress being in its formation ahead of the allotment process.The BDA, he added, will announce the list of allottees before three months, and start the process of refunding initial deposits to unsuccessful applicants. If the BDA delays the refund process and retains the deposit beyond three months, then it will pay the interest, the Minister said.
According to George, earlier, BDA itself was looking into objections related to plot allotments, but hereafter an outside committee of officials headed by the Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development, will go through the objections. The list of allottees will also be published on the BDA website to step up transparency, he added. MLA Suresh Kumar, in a social media post, thanked George for the initiative.