Once again BDA site aspirants feel cheated?

From ET Realty

BENGALURU: The finding of the legislature committee probing encroachment of lakes in Bengaluru has confirmed the worst fears of about 17,000 aspirants who had applied for a site in Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout. During a survey, the committee found that roads developed in the layout are certainly on the lake bed.

“We have included it in our list of 11,000 encroachers we released recently ,” said panel head and Congress MLA KB Koliwad.

An ex-parte National Green Tribunal (NGT) granted interim stay on further development of the layout on a petition from Dase Gowda. But BDA is confident the stay will be vacated after it submits the environmental clearance certificate. The last date for submission of applications seeking site allotment is January 18 but the stay may push it to a later date, sources said.

The aspirants are seething in anger. “How can they (BDA) invite applications for sites without getting environmental clearance,” asked an angry aspirant.

The BDA has collected the initial deposit, which is 12.5 per cent of the total site cost. This attracted widespread criticism as applicants felt the site prices were quite high. The house panel’s findings may virtually seal the fate of those aspiring for a BDA site. Former law minister and senior BJP MLA S Suresh Kumar, member of the panel, said they will meet on Monday to discuss the issue. “About 23 layouts developed by BDA are on lakebeds. We should not allow the 24th,” he said.

RTI activist BM Shivakumar said, BDA issued a notification calling for applications only after it obtained the environment clearance.”I’m not sure why BDA didn’t submit it to the green bench. There could be something forcing BDA to hold it,” he added.

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