Karnataka to replicate Gujarat’s model for land acquisition
January 17, 2017

The government of Karnataka is considering to adopt Gujarat’s town-planning model for land acquisition with an aim to solve the problem of escalating land costs. Just like the Gujarat model, the Karnataka government will pool lands that belong to different owners through the local development authority and these will then be developed into layouts or townships. The transparency in such a model will enable the local planning authority to develop the pooled land, without having… Read More

Supreme Court halts Akrama Sakrama scheme in Karnataka
January 16, 2017

The much talked about Akrama Sakrama scheme in Karnataka is up against yet another hurdle as the Supreme Court (SC) has put the brakes on this regularisation scheme. The apex court of India has directed the authorities to not proceed with applications under this scheme. This move was taken in response to the special petitions filed by the Namma Bengaluru Foundation and Member of Parliament (MP) Rajeev Chandrashekar against the earlier verdict of the Karnataka… Read More

BDA to integrate different modes of transport in Bangalore
January 14, 2017

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) presented its Revised Master Plan (RMP) 2031 for the Bommanhalli zone recently. The civic body has devised three RMPs for the zone and the city residents have been invited to give their suggestions and objections to help improve the plans. The plans included a proposition to integrate different modes of transport in order to improve Bangalore’s traffic. At present, zonal meetings are being held for the Master Plan. After tweaking… Read More

Karnataka to set land requirement norms for private layout development
January 12, 2017

The Karnataka government will soon fix half an acre as the minimum land required for the development of private residential layouts in the state. The move can be seen as a setback for small land owners, especially in Bangalore, who have been holding on to plots in prime localities. The state government is aiming to bring in an amendment to the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act (KTCPA), 1961 in the budget session of the… Read More

BMRC to turn metro pillars into vertical gardens
January 11, 2017

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) intends to develop vertical gardens on the Namma Metro pillars. The aim is to provide the citizens a relief from the escalating air pollution as well as enhance the visual appeal of the routes. BMRC has selected a pier at Anil Kumble Circle to test this project and the beautification task has already begun. UA Vasanth Rao, spokesperson, BMRC, shared that the garden has an automatic drip irrigation mechanism that… Read More

No Akrama-Sakrama for shops on residential sites
January 7, 2017

The Akrama Sakrama scheme, which has been proposed by the state government to regularise illegal constructions in Bangalore, will not be applicable to shops and commercial establishments in residential areas. The announcement was made in response to several queries received by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) offices across the city on the same matter. The civic body has already started serving notices to property owners who have built shops and commercial complexes in residential… Read More

Bangalore civic body proposes shifting employment hubs to outskirts
January 6, 2017

Bangalore’s revised master plan 2031 includes a proposal to ban all commercial developments in the city centre and shift job hubs to the city’s fringes. In keeping with this vision, 13 employment hubs in the outskirts of the city and the development of such areas have also been mentioned in the plan. The revised plan also plans to scrap agricultural zones and green belts in the city, instead choosing a more sustainable way of conserving… Read More

Goraguntepalya Road overbridge to be inaugurated for public use
January 5, 2017

The Goraguntepalya Road Overbridge (RoB) along the Outer Ring Road (ORR) in Bangalore will soon have a formal launch. Aiming to decongest the ORR, the overbridge, which has taken four years in making, will also ease traffic on Tumakuru Road. Jointly constructed by Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and South Western Railway (SWR), the RoB will solve the problems caused by the frequent closures of the gates over two rail routes, which results in traffic pile-ups… Read More

Bangalore to issue a fresh notification on Akrama-Sakrama
January 3, 2017

Karnataka government is all set to issue a fresh notification about Akrama-Sakrama, the one-time regularisation scheme, which aims at preventing unauthorised building constructions and violations. As per Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) new directives, one will have to fill in Form 1, the Application for Regularization of Unauthorized Development, for availing regularisation under the scheme. The form is further divided into four sub-sections, based on the violation category pertaining to the applicant's property. Each violation… Read More

Government to develop waqf properties in Bangalore for commercial use
January 2, 2017

Karnataka government has decided to allow commercial development of undisputed waqf properties in Bangalore. This has been prompted by the rising realty prices in the state, to counter which the state intends to develop its lands through Public Private Partnership (PPP) or wholly owned modes. Some of the properties being considered under this plan are a plot in Mavanahalli, Gulisthan Shaadi Mahal in Shivajinagar, and another wakf property in Shantinagar. Mohammad Mohsin, Secretary, Haj, Waqf… Read More

BBMP launches redesigned website
December 28, 2016

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has redesigned its website and launched an improved version to enhance the online experience. The services currently offered by BBMP’s website include online payment of property tax and advertisement tax as well as building plan approval. Further, Manjunath Prasad, Commissioner, BBMP, and Kiran Kumar, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), have signed a pact enabling BBMP to use high-resolution satellite data by ISRO in order to collect footprints of… Read More

BDA to develop KG Layout as a Smart City
December 23, 2016

Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) intends to develop Nadaprabhu Kempe Gowda layout (KG Layout) as a smart city with an aim to develop infrastructurally sound space for Information Technology (IT) parks. The locality spread over 4,000 acres is expected to witness the population growing by four to five lakh residents once it develops fully. PN Nayak, Engineer Member, BDA, shared that the project entails adopting the latest technology which includes using underground cables for power supply.… Read More

BMRCL invites tenders for crucial IT corridors
December 22, 2016

In order to connect the Information Technology (IT) hubs in the city with the metro network, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) has recently invited tenders for its projects in Whitefield and Electronics City corridors. Before calling for the tenders, BMRCL has to relocate utilities, including water pipelines, to execute the project. Tenders will be called for the implementation of such work, which is expected to take six to eight months to complete. On… Read More

Bangalore civic body to double the service tax on government buildings
December 21, 2016

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has proposed to hike the service tax applicable on central and state government buildings in Bangalore in an attempt to generate sufficient funds. Currently, service tax on government offices is levied at 25 percent and the same is likely to be hiked to 50 percent. Padmanabha Reddy from the opposition and MK Gunashekar, Chairman, Taxation and Finance committee, had earlier spoken against the leakage of revenue to the BBMP’s exchequer… Read More

New flyover to ease traffic in Bangalore
December 20, 2016

The Kittur Rani Chennamma flyover near Devegowda petrol bunk in Bangalore is expected to be opened for public commute by January 31, 2017. KJ George, Bangalore Development and Town Planning Minister, has directed Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials to ensure that the deadline is met. The upcoming flyover will ease the traffic on the Outer Ring Road (ORR), allowing signal-free commute from Banashankari to Kamakya. The flyover project, which has been executed at a… Read More

Stop commercial activities in residential areas: Bangalore RWAs
December 19, 2016

Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) in Bangalore have joined the government’s fight against unauthorised commercial activities in residential areas. N Manjunatha Prasad, Commissioner, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), had recently ordered officials to stop commercial activities in residential areas. However, citizens are concerned if the order will be implemented in spirit. Thus, 20 RWAs have decided to pressurise concerned authorities, including medical health officers and ward engineers, to ensure the directions are followed. There are over… Read More

Bangalore to get new committee for assessing building violations
December 16, 2016

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will form a special committee for assessing the extent of building code violations in the city. The committee is expected to consist of officials from BBMP’s revenue, town planning, and engineering divisions.  A BBMP report states that there are about 1.53 lakh unauthorised sites and buildings in Bangalore. The special committee will help maintain coordination between all the eight zones and assess any violations of buildings byelaws and associated regulations… Read More

Karnataka government shelves BRTS project in Bangalore
December 15, 2016

After nine years of discussions about the possibility of having a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in Bangalore, the state government has decided to drop the Rs 500 crore project. The decision to shelve the plan was taken at a meeting of civic agencies who favoured the implementation of the proposed metro route on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) over the BRTS plan. The dropped project was planned to be executed on the ORR and… Read More

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