BBMP’s TDR scheme has few takers, many left clueless

For the uninitiated, here is how the TDR process is carried out. The BBMP’s Engineering department issues notices in newspapers. Once objections are reviewed and considered, red colour markings are made in the respective areas. Sources in the BBMP say that banners announcing the same are also displayed in the area. The Revenue department officials then inspect each property and collect information about the owner and their property. The TDR forms are then sent to the respective property owners/tenants. This form is to be submitted to BBMP zonal offices.

TDR – boon or bane?

Citizens across the city have protested against the TDR, questioning the need to widen certain roads, and a general worry over losing a part of their homes, Jagadhamba’s property being a case in question. Earlier this year Citizen Matters broke the story of how JP Nagar and BTM Layout residents came together in revolt against TDR-based roadwidening of the stretch from Silkboard to Mysore Road in south Bengaluru.

In some cases though, the BBMP seems to have worked a step ahead while acquiring land for road widening. Prakash explains the case of an apartment complex on Sarjapur Road, Purva Sunshine. After receiving a BDA sanction, BBMP then asked the builders to resubmit the plan as they were going to widen the road to 100 ft, says Prakash. “For the loss of land, they were allowed to go vertical. They got 2 floors more”.  In this case, Puravankara Projects Ltd was able to get the correction done at the sanction stages itself.

Hennur Main Road, where BBMP first marked 8 metres and then marked 11 m, confusing residents. Pic: Vaishnavi Vittal.

On the other hand, a property owner on Hennur Main Road in East Bangalore hasn’t been so lucky. Says the contractor, Haroon Rasheed, “We got the BBMP plan sanction in 2007. That time they told us this road may be widened. So road widening department people came and inspected. They took 15 ft”. Rasheed adds that they did not receive any compensation for the same. “They are telling TDR TDR. Nobody has got it”. Incidentally, the BBMP has made markings on their wall, despite already having acquired property during plan sanction. “First they marked 8m. They scratched that and have now marked 11m. We don’t know what to do. Let them approach us”, he says.

The scheme may not affect apartment complexes as much especially those that have left adequate clearance between their walls and the road. When road expansion pushes back their compound wall, it usually eats into the setback area and not the structure itself.

It’s the individual houses that will get affected, as they will be forced to live closer to the road. Mahavir of Valmark Builders feels that it’s a problem for individual house owners. “For a person with a small house, it doesn’t help. Half the site is going, what about the other half. TDR alone will not help. If building cost is also given, then it is ok”.

With cases like Rasheed’s on Hennur Main Road where fresh markings have been made despite already acquiring land, it is no wonder that citizens question the very scheme of TDR. Inevitably comparisons to the scheme’s success in cities like Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad, immediately crop up.

M Chandra Shekhar, Chief Executive of Eco Pack (a industrial consulting firm) explains that TDR is more appreciated in Mumbai because the development there is different from that in Bangalore. “The business attitude is different there. The demand for apartments is more. There’s more vertical growth and the government attitude is also encouraging”, he explains, adding that in Bangalore, people prefer to live in independent homes rather than apartments.

In an interview with Citizen Matters, BBMP Commissioner Bharat Lal Meena claims that TDR is a viable scheme and adds, like others, that it has worked well in Mumbai and other places. Meena however admits that public awareness about TDR is an issue. “Some people are not aware about where to sell the TDR certificates in the market. We are also thinking about this, and making citizens aware. We are discussing this with builders. It needs to be made popular”, he says.  ⊕

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Vaishnavi Vittal is a Bangalore-based journalist.

9 Comments

  1. There is no market value for TDR, it depends upon the economics of demand and supply.
    TDR is negotiable and transferable, but has no meaning, when it does not have value.
    A group or groups in the entire sector cannot stop the proceedings, nor a stretch could be denotified.

    There is some good news at the end of the tunnel. Wait and Watch.
    Eco Pack

  2. As long as building violations continue to be ignored/regularized, TDR can have no meaning. Who will want to buy DRCs when they know they can get away with violations (for a lower price?) also what is the market value of DRCs? who fixes them? is it negotiable? it is so unfair that BBMP enforces this with less empowered people while powerful pressure groups are able to stall acquisitions of their properties.

  3. As long as building violations continue to be ignored/regularized, TDR can have no meaning. Who will want to buy DRCs when they know they can get away with violations (for a lower price?) also what is the market value of DRCs? who fixes them? is it negotiable? it is so unfair that BBMP enforces this with less empowered people while powerful pressure groups are able to stall acquisitions of their properties.

  4. As long as building violations continue to be ignored/regularized, TDR can have no meaning. Who will want to buy DRCs when they know they can get away with violations (for a lower price?) also what is the market value of DRCs? who fixes them? is it negotiable? it is so unfair that BBMP enforces this with less empowered people while powerful pressure groups are able to stall acquisitions of their properties.

  5. Hi all,
    Let us realise the practical issues related to widening of roads.
    We can suggest the best alternative remedy to reduce traffic congestion to the authorities and the Government. We must explore the possibilities of such recommendations too.
    We have the strength, power and right to change our city.
    Please forward all your views and suggestions to us(ring road property owners association) and(we shall discuss and submit the same to the government).
    Please forward it to
    ecopackindia@live.com

    Thanks and Regards,
    ECO PACK
    http://www.ecopackindia.wordpress.com
    http://www.ecopackindia.blogspot.com

  6. It is a shame the way all this is being handled !! BBMP needs to first figure if most of the roads identified by them even require road widening… the amount of distress this is causing the residents is enormous. Taking a part of it is as good as the residents redoing the entire house after the foundation is totally destroyed. the approach that BBMP needs to take is consensual – a partnership with the residents/citizens before they act unilaterally.

  7. Instead of issuing TDR , it will better to settled the matter by giving market value of built up area. This can be one by collecting extra in addition to the property tax by just 10% called as road widening Tax for certain period till the required amount is collected. After all this development is meant for whole public of Bangalore.
    Otherwise most of the public whose properties are going to be demolished goes begging on the street. Or will become robbers or thief because their whole life savings will be vanished in the air.

  8. TDR is a voluntary act. The citizens have the right to refuse. The BBMP is destroying the planned roads to make way for unauthorised and illegal layouts surrounding this ring road. They have brought about akrama-sakrama to regularise these dangerous, illegal and unplanned constructions, whereas, demilishing the planned,100% legal properties , which have complied with all statutory requirments, making way to facilitiate illegal layouts at the cost of genuine and planned development. Ctizens are protesting against TDR and have refused to accept it.
    BBMP should not allow, revenue,illegal and unauthorised layouts and constructions.

    eco pack
    http://www.ecopackindia.wordpress.com
    http://www.ecopackindia.blogspot.com

  9. I was always curious to know how are they compensating for the land losers? Thanks for the very good information. It is as challenging as expected. One end, we are all in need of widened roads but at the other end, the challenge in compensating for the land acquired from the individuals is very painful.

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