Buying a BDA site is still a safe bet
Allottees Demanding Plots In Sought-After Up market
Bangalore: From being a cash starved bungling
organization to a milch-cow whan Jayakar Jerome left the place,
the Bangalore Development Authority is still the middle –
class bangalorean’s answer to buying and owning property.
Still emerging from the controversy over Arkavathy, the onus
of distributing sitesnow rests with its new chief M K Shankaralinge
Gowda. Ten days into office as commissioner, Gowda says Brand
BDA is a challenge. And the CRISIL rating of LAA continues.
You come into the BDA at time when its image has
taken a beating again. Considering that you’re coming
in from a rather successful stint as IT/BT secretary, what
does BDA look like?
It is a challenging time actually. If you come in when all
is hunky-dory, where is the excitement? Building Brand BDA
is a challenge for me. I traveled from the tourism department
to IT/BT when it was still nascent, and now BDA. In one’s
career; there are these necessary periods of challenge, of
improving or restoring the image of a department.
How safe is it to invest in a BDA site considering that during
last year’s deluge, BDA layouts like HSR were the worst
Only HSR Layout had excessive flooding. We are spending nearly
Rs.20 Crore on that place alone, on desilting drains. I’m
trying to speed up work. That apart, we are concerned about
developing the best layouts possible, so BDA is still the
place to invest on a site. On a single drain near the BDA
shopping complex at HSR layout, we are spending asphalting
has also been stepped up. HSR layout is safe this year, there
is no problem.
The Comprehensive Development Plan, or the city, got a provisional
approval from the government. What happens next?
The objection raised and disposed. The government is slated
to give its final approval by June – end.
The great Arkavathy imbroglio! When will site be finally
Arkavathy is well on track. I have been checking out each
of these disputed areas. I have been checking out each of
these disputed areas. I am personally inspectingcases where
people have moved court. Arkavathy has been lingering for
and it is a priority for me. I have finished three villages
already. By May-end their will the authority, they will take
a final decision on site allotment.