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BDA’s parking lot auction upsets residents

The price for the spaces has been fixed at D1,000 per sqft which will mean a cost between D1.65 lakh and D 3 lakh

Published: 19th December 2016 12:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th December 2016 05:41 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

BENGALURU: Discontent is brewing among the 308 families who have purchased 3BHK flats from  the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) at Valagerahalli. For, BDA plans to hold an auction among  house owners to allot the available 144 covered car parking lots, on December 22. The auction for 3BHK  allottees in Phase- III was initially supposed to be held on November 30. However, BDA postponed it to this month following an appeal from the allottees earlier not to go ahead with it. In fact, this is the first time BDA is  going in for an auction of parking lots.

There are two reasons why residents are opposing the auction. “BDA  has fixed the minimum price for the auction at Rs 1,000 per sqft. This would ensure these lots cost between Rs 1.65 lakh and Rs 3 lakh, depending on the dimension, which we feel is costly,” said a representative of the  Kailash BDA Apartment Owners Welfare Association.

Secondly, residents feel that parking lots fall under the  undivided common area and all allottees already have a stake in it. “BDA does not plan to issue Title Deeds  after auctioning them like it is being done in the case of any other property. It would merely issue a licence,”  said another resident. Putting forth legal arguments, owners say the Karnataka Apartment Owners Act 1972  forbids sale of parking spaces in the common area.

“There have been Supreme Court rulings in this connection  oo earlier,” residents point out. Most of the owners are strongly opposing the auction move but plead anonymity. BDA says it will go ahead A top BDA official told Express, “The cost of land per square feet  is Rs 10,000 on Mysuru Road now. Fixing the parking rate at Rs 1,000 per square feet is not at all high.” The  move is perfectly right according to our in-house legal team, the official added.

“We had clearly published  about this in the notification put up at the time of selling the flats,” he added. Owners too concede that was  done. “What we propose to issue will be a onetime licence, which will have lifetime validity. We have already  handed over the undivided land to the residents when we handed over the flats. There is no question of handing over Title Deed for this space again. We can only issue licences now.” The BDA official also stressed that the   arking space was not included in the cost of the flats.



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