BDA, i.e the Bengaluru Development Authority is carrying out a comprehensive land audit in order to know the exact area of land the authority owns. The BDA is hopeful to recover its land parcels that are covered due to encroachment. According to the sources, the Bengaluru Development Authority estimates recovery of 10,000 to 12,000 acres of encroached land as the authority believes to own 38,800 acres of Bengaluru city.
Inspite of building 64 layouts in the capital city of Karnataka, the Bengaluru Development Authority has no idea about how much land they own in the city.
G Parameshwara, the deputy chief minister presided over a meeting a month ago and the decision to conduct a survey by the Bengaluru development authority was then taken. E1 technologies is responsible to carry out the audit. This survey is estimated to cost Rs. 10 crore and the preliminary work on the same is likely to be completed by March 2019.
Rakesh Singh, the BDA commissioner said that this is a difficult task although the authority has all the records related to layout plan, land acquisition, notifications done and the extent of land developed. He further said that this land survey is being conducted to match the survey report with our land records and layout plan documents.
The Bengaluru Development Authority plans to use drone survey to fetch accurate data in the minimum time possible. The BDA Commissioner said that a station survey will be carried out wherever necessary. At present the hired company has asked to submit data of four layouts that are surveyed by the end of the first week in December.
According to the sources, the authority is planning to auction unsold and vacant sites. The authority is also thinking to ask encroachers to pay for the land else vacate the same.