BDA slashes penalty on vacant sites by 50%

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) on Wednesday decided to reduce the vacant site penalty by 50% following a stiff opposition from plot owners.

The BDA has been collecting vacant site penalty from April 30, 2016. After the BDA Board meeting on Wednesday, a board member on condition of anonymity said that the decision was taken following several complaints that agency was collecting a high penalty. The BDA had fixed Rs 10,000 as vacant site penalty for 20x30 sq feet site, Rs 40,000 for 30x40 feet site, Rs 80,000 for a 40x60 feet site and Rs 2.5 lakh for a  50x80 site.

However, there was no clarity whether the BDA would refund the excess amount paid by site owners. The BDA does not have a ready list of the number of people who have paid the penalty and, how much fine has been collected. The board members directed the BDA to prepare a list of those who have paid penalty. After the list is ready a decision will be taken whether to refund the additional penalty collected.

The Board also decided to earmark 25 acres for creating a Metro Housing Society, similar to that in the Arkavathy Layout. The total number of sites and their dimension are yet to be decided. It was also decided to undertake layout development on 40:60 ratio of land sharing, where 40% of the developed land will be returned to land losers. The BDA officials informed board that the final list of site allottees in Kempegowda layout will be released in another two to three weeks.

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