The High Court on Wednesday ordered interim stay on the Bangalore Development Authority’s (BDA) notification and the bidding process for the formation of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout in 4,023 acres in the city.
A Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice K Sreedhar Rao and Justice Abdul Nazeer passed the order while hearing a public interest litigation filed by V Manjunath and others challenging the BDA’s notification dated December 4, 2012, inviting the tenders for the bidding process.
Earlier during the hearing, the petitioners contended that the BDA has issued notification for acquisition of large tracts of lands measuring 4,043.27 acres and the Acquisition Department has handed over 1,441 acres of land to it.
As per the abstract, as on February 16, 2013, only in 1,356.22 acres have been handed over to the Engineering Section and the BDA, without taking possession of the entire acquired land and without approval of layout plan, has proceeded to lay the roads in the layout.
Roads cannot be laid without taking the possession of the land, they claimed.
Further, the BDA has negotiated rate for five packages in excess if Rs 1,208.89 crore of the amount mentioned in the tender. If the tender is accepted for higher rates, the burden will be passed on to the general public, they contended.
The BDA, while issuing the tender notification on the project in 2010, had said that `991 crore were needed to carry out civil works. However, in the recent notification it stated that it needed Rs 2,200 crore for civil works.
“The amount has been increased to get funds for the election purpose,” they alleged.
Earlier, the BDA allotted tenders only by short-term tenders. However, for the first time a pre-qualification bid was offered by the BDA in the category of Rs 100 to 250 crore combining the entire project without even naming the projects, they argued.