Flat response to BDA's apartment project
Agency recieves just 500 applications for 6,180 flats
The maiden attempt by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to go vertical by constructing apartments has hit the road block with people showing little interest in them, unlike its traditional layouts which witnessed lakhs of applications for a few thousand sites.
The BDA has started construction of apartments at eight places in the City and had advertised the same in newspapers on March 16, 2013. The authority had listed 36 Canara bank branches in the City to obtain applications.
However, following poor response, the BDA is now planning to extend the deadline to receive applications. Though the authorities are not ready to reveal the exact number of applications the BDA has received, officials admit that there are less number of applications.
Though some say the BDA received about 500 applications, a few others said it was a little higher but less than 1,000. Therefore, the BDA is now seriously contemplating extending the last date to receive applications to May 30, 2013.
The construction of apartments with 6,180 flats has begun at Halagevaderahalli at Rajarajeshwarinagar, Valagera- halli in Kengeri, Malagala in Nagarabavi, Gunjur in Varthur, Thippasandra and Kothnur near Anjanapura, Doddabanahalli near Avalahalli at K R Puram and Alur at Hesarghatta.
The BDA had fixed a price ranging between Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 11 lakh for single bedroom flat with an area of 380 sq feet, between Rs 14.5 lakh and Rs 17.6 lakh for two bedroom flats of 610 sq feet and Rs 23 lakh to Rs 27 lakh for three bedroom of 900 sq feet.
Accordingly, the BDA is constructing 4,388 single bedroom houses, 1,160 two-bedroom flats and 632 three-bedroom flats.
In 2004, when the BDA invited applications for allotment of 20,000 sites in Arkavathi layout, there was a flood of applications with 2.5 lakh people queuing up to own a plot in the City.
Earlier during the allocation of 10,000 sites in Visevesvaraya Layout it was not less than 75,000 applications.
The officials, however, attribute the poor response to lack of publicity and the election code of conduct which affected their project. “We had planned 10,000 houses, but the construction of only 6,180 flats has started. For the remaining, tenders are yet to be floated,” Gowdaiah, Engineer Officer, BDA told Deccan Herald.
Asked about the number of applications received, he said he does not have the figures. “We will extend the last date of receiving applications to May 30,” he said and added that as the quality of houses will be good there will be a positive response from the people.
BDA Commissioner T Sham Bhatt too admitted that there were less number of applications, he said that there was a poor response only for the single bedroom houses and not for two bedroom and three bedroom flats.