By Prakash VL
Many allottees of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout claimed its construction work, taken up by BDA, is substandard. Sham Jujare S, convenor of NPKL Progressive Front, wrote to BDA alleging that the quality of work executed to build the site drains in the layout is substandard.
“Knowing that BDA raised more than Rs 2,000 crore from allottees for the formation of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout, it is very disappointing to note the poor quality of work being executed… BDA has not provided adequate reinforcement steel for the drain structure. The spacing between the horizontal distribution bar is more than 15 inches and the spacing between the vertical main rods is also 15 inches.”
Kamala Prasad, convenor of the front alleged, “It is noted that BDA has used low-grade cement… The durability and strength of the concrete drain wall has been impacted… Ideally BDA must provide a six-inch space between the horizontal distribution bars and a six-inch space between vertical bars so that the drain structure is well formed with longer durability. Further, BDA has not provided adequate spacing (two inches) between the two mats because the double mat is acting like a single mat and it is impacting the fitness of the drain wall.”
Further, the allottees claimed that due the substandard work, they have noticed a honeycombing effect in the drain walls; these drain walls are being damaged at a very early stage before being used.
To add to the troubles of the allottees, despite years of continuous efforts, having succeeded in being allotted a BDA site and having paid the amount prescribed, some are facing difficulty registering the allotted sites due to the slow pace of BDA’s work.
The authority began allotting sites during FY 2016-17. Since then BDA has allotted more than 9,000 sites. While 8,000 sites have been registered, the property owners of the remaining 1,000 sites are finding it difficult to register. They stand in a beeline at BDA regularly without any luck.
Earlier, BDA was sending letters asking people to register sites allotted before 2018 by submitting suitable documents. This has stopped for now and is causing residents trouble.
Some alleged staff members are demanding bribes for early registration. However, BDA denied it.
An allottee said, “I was allotted a site in Kempegowda Layout. I paid the money by getting the loan. But still, my plot is not registered. I have visited the authorities many times in the last two years, but they say they have no staff to deal with my issue.”
Knowing that BDA raised more than Rs 2,000 crore from allottees for the formation of the layout, it is very disappointing to note the poor quality of work–Sham Jujare S, convenor, NPKL Progressive Front
Another allottee Yashodha said, “I tried 18 years to get a BDA site. Finally, I was allotted a site in Kempegowda Layout. But there is no registration yet. They are postponing registration dates and not clarifying the date of registration.”
BDA is also asking some allottees to bring CDR (Correct Dimension Report) from the engineering section. But it is an internal matter of the BDA. So, people are asking why BDA is asking them when the details are available with it.
“The registration process must be completed within a week or two. If not the site may get acquired by others. CDR can be issued immediately. There were complaints of issuing the same CDR to too many people,” said an allottee.
Allottees were given three years in 2018 to pay and register. Now the deadline is ending. BDA must speed up the process of registration, the allottees demanded.