BDA site? Yes. BDA flat? No, no!

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The Bangalore Development Authority’s ambitious project of selling apartments has no takers. The demand for a decent home does not seem to end in Bangalore, but people are not interested in BDA flats.

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The last date by which buyers had to apply for the flats was 31 June, 2013. Under Phase-I, total 4502 flats were constructed by the BDA, in Nandini Layout, Halagevaderahalli, Malagala, Gunjur phase-1, Thippasandra, Doddabanahalli Phase -I, Alur, Kothanur and Doddabanahalli units. Of these, according to BDA, only 700 have been allotted.



BDA apartment constructed near Kengeri. Pic: Bosky Khanna


Why did BDA get into apartment business?

Real estate market is booming in the city, even when there is lack of space. To keep pace with time and to compensate for the space crunch in the city, the BDA entered the business of apartment construction, apart from making layouts.

BDA commissioner T Sham Bhat informed Citizen Matters: “Space is a big constraint in Bangalore, so the BDA has decided to construct apartments and no new layouts for the time being.”

In the 2011-12 state budget, the Karnataka state government had proposed to build 30,000 affordable housing units through BDA. Under this scheme, the agency invited applications for the construction of 6180 apartments on March 14, 2013 through an advertisement.

The BDA started its project in Nandini Layout, where 168 single bedroom-hall-kitchen (1 BHK) flats were constructed on 1.5 acres of land. Interestingly, when the project was conceptualised in May, 2012, the BDA had worked out the cost to be Rs 5.5 lakh per flat. This cost was worked out hoping that the agency will get JNNURM funds for the project. But JNNURM refused to fund the project in November 2012.

So the BDA had to increase the price. The raw cost of the land was Rs 9 crore. The BDA increased the rate to Rs 8.2 lakh. But the government realised that it was expensive and slashed the rate.

Thus the final cost of each unit in Nandini layout was fixed at Rs 7.46 lakh for 470 sqft of built up area. This was announced by the BDA in the first week of July, 2013. Units are being constructed on a BDA-acquired land, thus the rates are reasonable, says BDA town planner member A V Rangesh.

At this juncture, some news papers reported that some of the buyers approached the BDA asking them to return their money. But when Citizen Matters enquired with BDA officials, everyone including the BDA Commissioner denied any knowledge of any such persons who approached them.

How are BDA houses allotted?
As per the provision of BDA Act Site Rules (1984), sub-rule (11) of allotment of site rules, there are nine reservation categories for allocating sites and units.
The list comprises:

  • SC, ST, OBC
  • Members of the armed forces of the Union, ex-servicemen
  • Members of the family of the deceased ex-servicemen
  • State government employees
  • Central government employees and public sector undertakings and statutory bodies owned or controlled by the state or central government
  • Physically handicapped
  • People having outstanding achievements in the field of arts, science and sports.

50% of the flats will be provided to general category, while 50% of it will go to the reservation category. Sites are allotted based on the discretion of the authority. For the purpose of allotment, the authority will constitute a committee. This allotment committee comprises three official members and three non-official members. The chairman of the authority shall be the chairman of the allotment committee. Subject to the approval of the authority, the decision of the allotment committee is considered to be final. There is no income limit in the allotment of sites, except in case of economically weaker sections of society, where the income should be less than Rs 1 lakh per annum. They will have to submit domicile and economic status certificates.

Rangesh adds that in total the BDA is constructing 17 apartment complexes in the city. They are in:

  • Alur on Tumkur Road

  • Malagala in Nagarbhavi

  • Halagevaderahalli in Rajarajeshwari Nagar

  • Thippasandra and Kothnur in Anjanapura

  • J P Nagar 9th phase

  • Kanaminike on Mysore Road

  • Two projects in Doddabanahalli on Old Madras Road

  • Two projects in Gunjur on Varthur Road

  • Two projects in Visveswaraiah Layout

  • Three projects in Kengeri and in Nandini Layout.

Rangesh says that the units in Nandini Layout have been allotted to people, but are not yet sold. Explaining the difference between sold and allotted, Rangesh says: “Sold means anybody can come and purchase it. However, in allotment, applications are called for and are scrutinised, after which applicants are shortlisted based on certain criteria and allotted homes. But they are sold to them only when they deposit the initial amount.”

‘Use borewell water until Cauvery arrives’

The BDA aims to complete the construction of these unfurnished 1BHK, 2BHK and 3BHK apartments in all the 17 sites by April 2014. Their biggest project site is in Kengeri, opposite to Kengeri bus stand on Mysore road.

The cost of each complex is different. The builders who won the tenders are-  BG Shirke Construction Technology Private Limited and Homballe Infrastructure and Gowri Infrastructure projects. The architects hired by BDA are- Mumbai-based Tandon Consultants, Kolkata-based Srei Infra Finance private limited, Delhi-based Voyant Solutions and Bangalore-based Stup Consultants Private Limited.

The BDA has assured of Cauvery water supply in all its units, in the Cauvery 4th phase 6th stage water supply. Until then dwellers will have to make use of borewell water. As per government rules BDA aims to provide solar water heaters and solar lighting in homes.

“The borewell water is potable. We have dug four borewells for 300 feet and we are using the same for construction and for drinking after filtering it,” says Uma  Prasad, chief project manager from Shirke.

Solar water heater only for top floor

Citizen Matters visited the Valagerahallli site in Kengeri and found that no luxury apartments were being constructed. The apartments are based on three categories –  for the lower income group (1BHK), for middle income group (2BHK) and high income groups (3BHK).

All apartments were being provided with balconies, AC and geiser points, lifts and staircases. Parking space was being provided for only 50% of the apartments in each block. The homes are not vastu-compliant, however the site is. Vitrified tiles were being used inside homes and granite flooring was present in the common area.

There was no provision for dining area in 1BHK homes. They were present only in 2BHK and 3BHK houses.

Uma Prasad says that provision for solar water heating is only for the top floor and not for all units, as it is not possible to provide piping and facility for all units.

Type  

Carpet area

Built up area

Price

1 BHK

328 sqft

470 sqft

8 – 12 lakh

2 BHK

600 sqft

830 sqft

14 – 17 lakh

3 BHK

900 sqft

1100 sqft

22-27 lakh



Most of the public are hesitant to buy BDA flats. Pic: Bosky Khanna


Quality is the key factor

Commenting on the quality of construction and rates of the apartments, Rangesh asserts: “Our units are better in quality compared to those being offered by the private builders. The rate is 50% less. We are here to give the best at affordable prices to all people.”

However, private builders dispute this. President of Bangalore Realtors Association of India (BRA-I), Irshad Ahmed says that there can never be a competition. BDA is now constructing budget homes while there are many who are constructing high end and luxury apartments. The finishing and quality also cannot be compared to that of the private builders.

“I cannot speak of the standards of BDA as it is for the first time they are entering this business. So they should also talk after people move into them and stay there for a while. We have seen the standards of Karnataka Housing Board (KHB) and they are not good,”  he says.

He points that BDA is constructing homes on the outskirts of the city and not focusing where the demand is more. There is a lot of demand in south and east of Bangalore covering areas of Bannerghatta Road, Sarjapur Road, Hennur, Whitefield, Hebbal and Kanakapura road.

Director of town planning in Karnataka Housing Board, Veerendra Nath K R says that BDA has an in-house quality inspection of the site, which is not trustworthy.

BDA sites still available
The BDA aims to complete the already announced five layouts: Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout (spread across 4,814 acres), K Shivaram Karanth Layout (3,456.12 acres), K C Reddy layout (2,134.9 acres), D Devaraj Urs Layout (1,976.02 acres) and S Nijalingappa layout (2,806.09 acres). .

People skeptical about BDA houses

While some feel the cost offered by the BDA is less, others are worried about the quality and maintenance.

Amita B, a resident of Jayanagar an employee in a private club, says: “Looking at the past track record of BDA – land tussle and legal problems in the formation of layouts, I am doubtful of the apartments. Though BDA is saying that khata will be given, will it be allotted and and are all sites free of litigation, is a worry.” She says she is skeptical about the maintenance too.

Sunitha R, a resident of Kengeri, says that there are many apartments coming up nearby. “I would prefer to stay in a private property rather than a BDA site as I am not very confident of the quality of the house. The rate speaks for itself. If the house is costlier it is always better.”

However, Deepa Narang, another resident of Kengeri says that on the onset the homes look fine and are meant to cater the needs of those who have budget constraints. “I have been searching for a decent home since very long, but the rates do not match my budget. So this seems like a better alternative,” she adds.

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25 Comments

  1. I paid yesterday, You can take DD from any bank. Submit the DD to Canara Bank adjacent to BDA Office. They will give you an acknowledgement for collecting the DD.

  2. Any one got letter from BDA for 2nd notification Applicants about flats – which they were giving in Doddabanahalli and kanminiki

  3. any one got letter from BDA for 2nd notification applicants? as they were giving flats in Doddabanahalli and Kanminiki

  4. Hi all, can any 1 please provide details on how to apply & last date for it, as l am new to it ….

    My dream is to leave in my own house

  5. Venkatesh – Dear friends, i was applyed to BDA 3BHK during 2nd notification not got allotted and many times contact BDA officer but no use and planning to submit a case and if any one interested pl call me so that we can discuss – 9980344391

  6. hi all, i am glad to inform u all that LIC HOUSISING FINANCE LIMITED are giving the maxmium loan. i also tried in SBI, SBM AND HDFC. but they didnt respond anything. so if anyone interested you can call to Mr. Renuka Prassana T.P. Mb 9243592484/9845580342.

  7. Hi, Please let us know legal opinion is required? as i checked with SBI bank for loan they have confirmed its manadatory… and Paying full amount option is available for Gungur Phase 2 flat, request to suggest part payment / full amount

  8. hi all. i am an ex air force, alloted with 2 bhk at DB-Halli, presently out of bangalore,Pl suggest about the site location and the amount of next installment to be paid and by which date as my second allotment letter has got misplaced. pl guide me. thanx.

  9. Hi Mates,
    Visited the DB-halli site. Chances of getting the posseson looks possible during March-April 2015 looking onto the amount of work pending. However when I met BDA commisoner,he is sure that within six month project will completed and allotties are expected to pay the balance amount within six month itself.

  10. Has anyone from Kothunr got allotment letter, if yes let me know to whom i need to contact. Currently i am based in US what is the fromality to get it regesterd. I have got 2-BHK in kothunor.

  11. Hello all,

    I have been allotted 1 bhk flat @valagerahalli.but I am looking for 2 bhk in valgerahally or doddabanahalli. Kindly let me know if anybody interested.

  12. hello Siddharth and all, I have recieved 2BHK allotment letter on 24th March for Doddabanahalli area. – I have some query 1. In letter they have not mentioned car parking charges. 2. Registration charges not mentioned. can anyone help me plz.

    What will be the registration and car parking charges any idea?
    Property belongs to which khata?

  13. Hi All,
    I received my revised allotment letter for my flat 3 bhk flat in Gunjur. The following details are provided in the letter:
    Cost of Flat: 23,00,000
    Initial deposit paid: 2,875,00
    Remaining Amount : 20,12,500
    BESCOM+BWSSB connection charges: 1,28,250
    Service tax: 5.05% of the cost of the Flat
    1st Installment= 25% of outstanding amount (0.25* 20,12,500)=5,03,125

    Information got by calling the number provided by Mr. Mohammed:
    1st Installment be paid within 60 days of receiving the new letter (24th March for me).
    Payment to be paid via a Demand Draft in the favor of :
    Commissioner, BDA, Bangalore, to be paid at the Canara bank branch at the BDA head office. They will provide us a challan as a receipt.
    Please call the number 23368615, Extn 225 for any queries.

  14. hi everyone i have been alloted a 2bhk at dodabanahalli. presently out of bangalore. pl suggest for the location and shall i go for it or not. thanx.

  15. Thank you for information. Today I went to BDA Office but the concerned person was on leave.

  16. Hi Ranjeet, Go to the BDA office. They have the speed post tracking number. You will get to know where exactly you letter is. I have heard that they also have got a bunch of letters that were returned. I got mine more than 15 days back

  17. My name is also there in the list of 2 BHK at Gunjur but till date I did not get the allotment letter . What should I do?

  18. sir… I dint get allotment letter for 1BHK yet.
    any other still dint get allotment letter for 1BHK still?
    whom should i contact for allotment letter… I called the phone numbers given in the web site. no one is responding…
    is it possible to pay 25% first installment now?

  19. Letter is sent by Regd post.. if no body is there to collect at time of delivery it is sent back to BDA.. wait for another 10 days.. they are sending revised letters with proper payment schedules, including BWSSB, etc charges, also NOC has some mistakes which they will revise also… the 60 days will be calculated based on the date in the revised letters to be sent to all allotees who had applied under 2nd and 3rd notification

  20. @gurudutt: i got in dodabanahalli……….. what abt u?? and what is the date in ur letter???

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