Yes, the allottees of the Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout are worried about basic amenities. They wanted to construct dream homes but could not do so as there was neither electricity nor water supply or underground drains dug (UGD) at the layout.
To make the ordeal worse, the average allottee who owns a 30×40 sq ft site has to pay a penalty of Rs 60,000 a year for failing to construct a house after five years of allotment, as per the BDA board meeting held last November.
The BDA has revised the penalty amount from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 for sites bigger than 20×30 sq ft and below 30×40 sq ft, Rs 60,000 for 30×40 sq ft, Rs 1,20,000 for above 30×40 sq ft and below Rs 40×60 sq ft, Rs 3,75,000 for sites above 40×60 sq ft and below 50×80 sq ft and Rs 6,00,000 for sites above 50×80 sq ft.
“Will the BDA pay penalty to site allottees for its failure to provide basic amenities such as electricity, water and UGD at the layout? I wrote a letter to the BDA commissioner about the lack of basic amenities,’’ said Nagaraj, who is building a house at Block 4G sector.
Prior to this, the BDA had the power to cancel the allotment of sites if the allottees fail to begin construction within five years of allotment from the date of execution of the agreement or such extended period.
“I bought the site two years ago and began the construction of my home. It is in the final stage now. I ended up paying Rs 50,000 as electricity charges to Bescom as it is a temporary connection from a nearby village. Bescom asked me to pay Rs 2,500 per month as electricity charges which is beyond my capacity,’’ said Nagaraj.
According to Nada Prabhu Kempegowda Layout Open Forum secretary Ashok M, the BDA board had approved the construction of a substation at the layout long ago but did nothing to commence the construction work.
“The BDA had allocated the work to erect electricity poles in the layout to two agencies. While the work is in progress at Block 1 to Block 5A, nothing has been done in other blocks yet,’’ said Ashok.
Stating that the construction of an electricity substation needs a minimum of 10 months, Nada Prabhu Kempegowda Layout Open Forum spokesperson Suryakiran AS said the BDA has to make arrangements to supply electricity for those who shall start construction from January 2022. “Most of the electrical works are either incomplete or not started at all,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, BDA assistant executive engineer (electrical) said arrangements have been made to float the tender inviting bidders for the construction of the electrical substation on Saturday. “We have fixed the deadline for the completion of the substation in nine months. We did not take up electrical work due to the theft of electrical wires and other electrical equipment at the layout,’’ the engineer clarified.