BBMP survey reveals 6 lakh properties in Bangalore violated byelaws
February 21, 2017

A recent survey by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has stated that Bangalore has more than three lakh commercial and residential properties that do not have appropriate approvals while over six lakh properties have violated sanctioned plans or building byelaws. The survey is being carried out in all the eight zones under BBMP’s jurisdiction and will conclude by March 31. The survey divulged that of the six lakh properties with violations, two lakh are… Read More

Karnataka government to stop issuing ‘B khatas’ to check corruption
February 20, 2017

In an attempt to control corruption in the state’s realty transactions, the Karnataka government is considering to cease issuing B khatas. This step is expected to stop the exploitation of gullible property buyers, especially people from the middle class who buy residential revenue sites on the city's outskirts. Experts state that the khata system has been a major pain point among property owners, due to the confusion and corruption associated with it. This is even more pronounced in… Read More

Bangalore suburban rail gets a green signal
February 18, 2017

The state cabinet has decided to allocate Rs 345 crore for the first phase of the suburban rail project in Bangalore. This announcement has pleased experts who feel that the project is finally heading in the right direction. It is to be noted that the suburban rail project in Bangalore has been demanded by residents for over 12 years. The state government had sent out a proposal for suburban rail connectivity to the railway board… Read More

NHAI to build Peripheral Ring Road in Bangalore under Bharat Mala Pariyojana
February 17, 2017

The debate over the responsibility to develop the Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) in Bangalore has finally come to an end. With the central government including the project under the Bharat Mala Pariyojana, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will now fund and build the road. This is a positive announcement for Bangalore which suffers from extreme traffic troubles. PRR is a 65 km long stretch proposed between Tumkur Road and Hosur Road which aims… Read More

Kittur Rani Chennamma Circle flyover in Bangalore opens for public use
February 16, 2017

The four-lane flyover at Kittur Rani Chennamma Circle near Padmanabhanagar in Bangalore was recently inaugurated by Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister (CM), Karnataka. The flyover, stretching 361.5 m, is a part of the signal-free corridor from Nayandahalli Junction to Silk Board Junction via Jedimara Signal on Bannerghatta Road. The flyover, whose foundation was laid in 2014, has been built at a cost of Rs 36 crore. As per an estimate, at least 68 percent of the traffic… Read More

Infrastructure projects in Bangalore stalled due to Defence-owned land
February 14, 2017

At least 22 civic infrastructure projects in Bangalore have been delayed due to the land being stuck with Defence authorities. According to a 2013 Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report, Bangalore is one of the Indian cities where the armed forces hold "excess" land. As per the PAC report, the city has an excess of 1,272 acres out of 5,332 acres of total Defence-owned land. However, authorities deny the existence of such surplus land. Experts feel… Read More

Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore Cantonment railway stations to be redeveloped through PPP
February 11, 2017

Under the Centre’s proposal to redevelop railway stations across the country to bring them at par with airports, the Bangalore Cantonment and Yeshwanthpur stations have been selected in the first phase. The government plans to involve private players in the redevelopment project. The project, which will be executed under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, will involve the private developers getting railway land for commercial use and the revenue from such activities will be used… Read More

BBMP acts against public littering
February 7, 2017

Almost a week after rolling out the rule on mandatory segregation of waste at source, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has started penalising violators for public littering. While segregation of waste at source has not been implemented yet in many localities of Bangalore, the civic body has started imposing the penalty in areas where people ignored repeated warnings and dumped garbage at public places. As confirmed by the BBMP’s Joint Commissioner, people dropping litter… Read More

Bangalore sees maximum absorption of office spaces in 2016: Report
February 7, 2017

As per a report by Cushman & Wakefield, net absorption of office space across top eight Indian cities reached 34 million sq ft (msf) during 2016. About 40 percent of the total consumption of office space took place in the last quarter of 2016 alone. Bangalore registered the highest net absorption in 2016 while Hyderabad emerged as the second-largest consumer of office space. Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) followed next with strong office demand witnessed… Read More

BBMP to put tax payers’ details online
January 31, 2017

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is all set put the details of all taxpayers in Bangalore on its website. Under the same initiative, the authority will also be making the names of tax defaulters public. Two colours will be used to display taxpayers’ information on the website. Those who have paid their taxes will have their names in green while defaulters’ names will be coloured in pink. The intention behind putting the information in the… Read More

BMTC to induct 1,658 new buses in its fleet
January 30, 2017

The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) plans to add 1,658 new buses into its fleet, of which 1,000 buses will be inducted by March 2017. Delayed by two years, this move is likely to strengthen Bangalore’s public transport situation. With BMTC phasing out old buses from its fleet without adding new ones to cover the shortage, the number of operational public buses in the city fell from 6,775 in 2013-14 to the current 6,207. The… Read More

Government to acquire land outside Bangalore for waste disposal
January 21, 2017

In order to free Bangalore from garbage disposal mismanagement, the Karnataka government is working to acquire 1,000 acres of land at Madhugiri in Tumakuru and Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) in Kolar district. Located around 100 km away from Bangalore, the selected areas will be transformed into Environment Facility Cities (EFC). EFCs will generate electricity, biogas, and compost by utilising the dumped garbage. The transportation of garbage to the EFCs will occur through trains. As per… Read More

Office space absorption drops in Bangalore: Report
January 19, 2017

Due to the limited availability of Grade A office spaces in the city, office space absorption in Bangalore dropped during the last quarter of 2016 against the same period the previous year. As per the data collected by CBRE, gross absorption declined to 4.6 million sq ft during October-December 2016 from 5.3 million sq ft a year before. However, the consumption was much higher than the 2.3 million recorded in the second quarter. Hovering around… Read More

Bangalore world’s most dynamic city: Report
January 19, 2017

Six cities from India have made it in to the list of world’s 30 most dynamic cities with Bangalore topping the chart. As per JLL’s fourth annual City Momentum Index (CMI), Bangalore has been rated the world’s most dynamic city for having the ability to embrace technological change, absorb rapid population growth, and strengthen global connectivity. Other Indian cities that made it to the list are Hyderabad at the fifth position, Pune at 13th, Chennai… Read More

Smart City project likely to give Bangalore’s realty a face lift
January 19, 2017

KJ George, Bangalore Development and Town Planning Minister, has recently suggested that Bangalore’s Central Business District (CBD) should be proposed for the Centre’s Smart Cities Mission. George made this suggestion after having a discussion with G Padmavati, Mayor, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and N Manjunath Prasad, Commissioner, BBMP. The minister advised the commissioner to consider the CBD area before making recommendations to the Centre in this regard. According to officials, the state government will… Read More

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

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