BENGALURU: The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), due to its failure to ensure timely payment of Rs 11 lakh as entitled compensation to a land loser, had to part with developed sites valued at a whopping Rs 44.5 crore eight years later.
As part of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on departments and public sector undertakings dwelt into a case of the BDA land acquisition from 1988 for the development of JP Nagar 8th phase.
As per the Land Acquisition Act of 1894, a timely payment of Rs 10.91 lakh was to be paid towards one Nanjundappa to part with 4 acres and 4 guntas in the vicinity in March 1988.
However, the BDA failed to make a payment immediately and made the payment eight years later.
The aggrieved landowner in August 2017 filed a writ petition in the Karnataka high court seeking the acquisition proceedings to be declared lapsed and the compensation must be provided to him under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Act of 2013.
To this, the HC agreed and asked the BDA to give the land loser “equal extent of land having similar potentiality as compensation within three months.
Since the directives of the HC were not complied with by the BDA within the stipulated time frame, a contempt petition was filed in January 2018.
In response, the BDA decided to compensate the landowner in the form of developed sites at 11,979 square feet for every acre of land acquired.
Accordingly, BDA allotted 48,277.51 sqft , comprising 23 sites in different BDA layouts as compensation.
The complainant, however, went to the HC again and ensured a direction to the BDA to give a higher compensation which resulted in a whopping 20 additional sites measuring 50,328.27 sqft in different layouts.
The total loss, as a result, was recorded at Rs 44.47 crore worth of developed land sale potential being given to the land loser due to the BDA incompetence.