BDA hangs fire over 52 infra projects for more than a year

Officials blame lack of government support as prime reason

 Not much seems to be going well for Bangaloreans. With falling confidence in the administration over maintaining law and order, persistent delays in infrastructure projects have only added to their growing woes, adversely affecting quality of life in the City.

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) is only making matters worse by adding to toll of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), known to be amongst the worst offenders when it comes to civic agencies delaying infrastructure projects.

Of the 300 Engineering Department projects listed under its purview, the BDA has listed 283 of these projects as on-going works with 90 percent of them delayed by over 30 days. These statistics have been put up under the Project Monitoring System on the BDA website.
Over the past three years, the State government believed that the BBMP was perhaps the only civic agency to delay their envisaged developmental projects. As a result, the government decided to transfer many of the high profile projects to the more trustworthy Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).

But to their dismay, the BDA was unable to kickstart 50 per cent of the projects planned for this fiscal year. The Authority officials have blamed the lack of State government support as being the prime reason for the delays.

“While we have been delegated the work of carrying out infrastructure projects, there has been no financial support from the Government. We were asked to generate our own funds and complete the projects,” claimed a senior BDA official from the Engineering Department. According to the official, the BDA was burdened with these projects without any continuous revenue generating mechanism at their disposal.

 Apart from the delay in starting over 150 projects, the BDA delayed completing 52 other projects by over one year. The total estimated cost of these engineering projects is placed at over Rs 2,000 crore. As per their records, the Engineering Department was unable to start a single engineering project in the North Division, where 119 works have been listed.

The North Division includes formation of the Arkavathy Layout and Shivram Karanth Layout. “The only way we are able to generate revenue is from the development of layouts and sale of stray sites under auction. We are trying to manage the show with these options along with loans from financial institutions,” said another BDA official.

Further, officials allege that records maintained by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) were flawed. The NIC has collected data which includes even non-engineering works like that of maintenance and upgrading of certain projects, they argued.

“These projects do not fall under the BDA Engineering Department. A letter has been dispatched to the NIC for deletion of such projects as they are misleading,” said the official.

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