Illegal layouts mushroom near international airport

Illegal layouts mushroom near international airport

Planning authority detects sale of sites

Planning to invest in property in the vicinity of the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA)? Be cautious.

The Bangalore International Airport Area Planning Authority (BIAAPA) has found builders selling sites in the nearby layouts formed without obtaining mandatory approval from the Authority.

The BIAAPA is the planning authority for the areas surrounding the international airport. An official of the Authority told Deccan Herald that during a recent inspection it was found that two layouts near Devanahalli were unauthorised. 

“We found that property developers had erected boards on the sites claiming they had obtained approval from the BIAAPA. But, as per our records, these layouts don’t exist even on paper. We immediately removed the boards and asked the local gram panchayat to take action against the property owners for misleading the public,” the official said. 

The officials of the Authority said buyers keen on properties around BIA need to be extremely cautious and cross check with the BIAAPA, before proceeding further.


The Authority has also issued a public notification (dated July 8, 2012), requesting property purchasers to be cautious while purchasing sites in the area. The list of approved layouts is posted on the BIAAPA website,

The planning area of the international airport sprawls over 792 sq km and comprises several layouts spread across Devanahalli, Doddaballapur and Bangalore North taluks.

The officials said people approach the Authority only after being cheated by developers or builders. 

“It will be in the interest of purchasers if they verify the documents with the Authority,” an official said. 

The BIAAPA office is located at 333/1, 1st Floor, VJ Complex, Sulibele Road, Devanahalli Town, Bangalore Rural district.

When Deccan Herald visited some areas surrounding the BIA, boards were seen erected on the sites, claiming they had been approved by the BIAAPA.

Sunil Kumar, a resident of Shettigere, located a few km from the airport said the price of a sq foot of land in the area ranges between Rs 1,800 and Rs 2,500. 

“However, nobody knows whether these layouts are approved by the authority concerned,” he added. 

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