Work orders issued for infrastructure projects

Bangalore Development Authority has finally issued a work orders  to take up infrastructure work in Arkavathy Layout.

The contract has been awarded to Hyderabad-based BSCPL Infrastructure. The Rs 234.17-crore work order was issued by BDA executive engineer (North division) on June 19.

The BDA allotted sites in the layout in 2007. But it had not taken up any infrastructure work following disputes over land acquisition and a stay by the high court in May 2016 to stop the tender process. A writ petition challenging the tender process was dismissed by the court in December 2016. Because of the delay in executing the tender, there is an increase of 16.5% in the tender cost. Earlier, the cost of the tender was Rs 201 crore which is now 234.17 crore.

Infrastructure work includes building concrete drains and asphalting roads. The contractor has to complete the works before June 21, 2018. One of the conditions put by the BDA is that the contractor should ensure completion of works worth Rs 19.51 crore every month.

The contractor should also maintain the infrastructure for the first two years after the completion. The BDA, which lost land due to redo and denotification, has decided to acquire 19.12 acres to provide basic infrastructure. Its board has also given its approval for the same, an official said.

“We need to acquire land at 30 places to provide connectivity to roads and drains. We proposed to give 40% developed land to land losers,” the officer said. President of Arkavathy Site Owners’ Association G Shivaprakash expressed happiness over the work order issued by BDA.  

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