BENGALURU: The BDA has come out with options, including an alternative site at Nadaprabhu Kempe Gowda Layout with extra payment, to the nearly 3,700 allottees of Arkavathy Layout who have lost their sites due to denotification orders.
A closed-door meeting was held at BDA office on Saturday between representatives of the allottees and Additional Chief Secretary Mahendra Jain, BDA Commissioner Rajkumar Khatri, MLAs Suresh Kumar, Somashekhar and Basavaraj Byrathi, new BDA Chairman K Venkatesh and Engineer Member P N Nayak.
Briefing reporters later on the outcome, Jain said some options were presented to the allottees. “We can consider giving the allottees an alternative site in Kempe Gowda Layout or a flat in any of the areas where we are developing them. A formula is still to be worked out on payment details for it.”
Allottees present in the interaction said BDA was ready to give them the site provided the difference in payment is being made. “We reject this suggestion outright as the cost now for a site in K G Layout will be ten times what we paid for Arkavathy Layout. Most of us are pensioners and it is impossible to pay the difference,” said a representative of Arkavathy Layout Allottees Association.
Another member said, “Under the BDA Act 1976, they are supposed to allot us an alternate site if any problems arise. After delaying the whole process and harassing us for over 10 years, they cannot ask us to make any differential payment.”
Engineer Member P N Nayak said farmers who lost their sites for Arkavathy Layout would be given priority when allotting sites as per a Supreme Court order issued in 2011.