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Kengeri lake to get a new lease of life

Kengeri lake, which was on deathbed a few years ago, will soon get a fresh lease of life. The lake will emerge as a popular breathing space with recreational activities in a year.

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has floated tenders for rejuvenation and overall development of Kengeri lake as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative. The 25-acre lake was earlier developed in 2005 with a fence around its periphery. Even an islet and walking paths were built to make it a centre for leisure activities. However, lack of maintenance left the lake in ruins within the next few months. At present, the lake bed is covered in weeds and shrubs.

In 2012, Bangalore Development Authority handed over the lake to the BMRCL which included the responsibility of its development and maintenance.

Features of lake development

[] Maintaining water quality

[] Development of lake infrastructure

[] Providing civic infrastructure

[] Recreational facilities, including boating

The BMRCL now plans to rejuvenate the lake and also put in place a system where its water supports aquatic life. It has prepared a Rs 8.75-crore development plan that includes building walking paths, boating, children’s play area, recreation zone, islet and other facilities. The tender called on June 30 sets a 12-month deadline. The Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority has given its approval for the development of the lake. “The rejuvenated Kengeri lake will not only improve the water table but will also have a positive impact on the people in the surrounding areas. A lake also plays a major role in pollution control,” a BMRCL official said.



Cabinet approves Rs 1,662-cr tenders for three STPs

They will come up in KC, Hebbal and Vrishabhavathi valleys.

The state Cabinet on Wednesday approved tenders worth Rs 1,662 crore for setting up sewage treatment plants (STPs) in Koramangala and Challaghatta, Hebbal and Vrishabhavathi valleys.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Law Minister T B Jayachandra said the Cabinet approved tenders to take up a Rs 472-crore project for treating sewage water from the Koramangala-Challaghatta (KC) valley. The treated water will be used for filling tanks in Kolar district.

The STP for treating sewage water from Hebbal-Nagawara valley will cost Rs 534.31 crore for filling tanks in Chikkaballapur district.

Tenders for the third project costing Rs 656.96 crore for treating sewage water from Vrishabhavathi valley to fill tanks of Anekal taluk in Bengaluru Urban district were also approved by the Cabinet.

Jayachandra said the state government had called tenders thrice for setting up the STPs in the valleys. But the bids could not be finalised due to technical reasons.

The STPs will help in treating 300 million litres per day of sewage.

BDA layout

In another decision, the Cabinet gave its approval for handing over 379.22 acres comprising tank bed, gomal and government lands that are located in Arkavathy and Nadaprabhu Kempegowda layouts to the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).

The land will be handed over with a condition that tank bed areas and lakes should not be used for developing sites. If required, the BDA can rope in private players to maintain the lakes, Jayachandra said.

The Cabinet also gave its approval for signing an agreement between the state Tourism department and the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) to promote tourism. Signboards and advertisements will be put up at Metro stations at a cost of Rs 37.38 crore, he said. The agreement is for a period of five years.

Land bank

The Cabinet decided to constitute a committee headed by the chief secretary to create a land bank for exchange of land with the Ministry of Defence for various infrastructure projects in Bengaluru.

Top officials from the Urban Development, Revenue and Forest departments, BMRCL, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), BDA besides Bengaluru Urban deputy commissioner will be part of the panel.

The committee will offer land from the land bank to the Ministry of Defence in exchange for defence land required for any infrastructure project in Bengaluru, the minister said.


RERA set to rein in real estate agents

When realty prices hit the roof in Bengaluru and other major cities in the past two decades, smalltime brokers and agents had a free run as they became indispensable in the sector. But now with property brokerage coming under the ambit of the Karnataka Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), tough times are ahead for them.Under the recently implemented Act, not only real estate projects, even agents have to be registered with the regulatory authorities in three months from July 10, 2017. Brokers and agents are now punishable if they do not comply with the regulator’s ruling. Earlier, they had a free run, especially when it came to the residential marketplace, and many of them thrived on high commission, fleecing their customers.

“By registering themselves with the regulator, real estate agentsbrokers now need to effectively declare themselves and be accountable for their business activities and practices. The registration and rejection forms of the agents have been published as part of the rules,” said housing secretary Kapil Mohan.

Many brokers to lose their business:

In Bengaluru alone, some industry experts say around 70% of total brokers and agents may close down business or merge with larger brokerage firms in 2-3 years.

“It has been tough for brokers to sustain themselves for the past two years because of the sluggish real estate market, especially in Bengaluru. Now, withRERA coming in, it will become more difficult because of the penal factor and credibility issues.Only serious brokers who register will survive in the market,” said a senior executive working with a leading realty brokerage firm.


A ccording to estimates, there are around 10 lakh brokers in the state, who are neither registered nor regulated. “Many of them are unqualified and inexperienced.More often than not, agents tend to drive their own agenda to earn higher commissions.Even politicians have doubled up as real estate brokers in many cities. There have been numerous instances of real estate agents taking customers for a ride by selling the same property to one or more persons. Lack of adequate regulations and certifying bodies for real estate agents is one of the reasons for unprofessionalism in the sector,“ said Madhusudhan S, a property consultant.

Another senior housing department official said the brokers who made their money taking advantage of the ignorance or unwitting trust of clients will now be eradicated from the marketplace. The home buyers who use the services of real estate agents will only be protected, since the new rules will distinguish between credible and non-credible brokers, they said. “Fresh cases of property buyers’ complaints on being led astray by brokers and agents who wanted to make a quick buck off their gullibility may end soon,” they added.

Courtesy by TIMES OF INDIA

New rules to regulate apartment construction

All urban local bodies to be covered

P M Raghunandan

Bengaluru, dhns: The state government proposes to regulate construction of residential apartments through new Zoning Rules.

The draft common Zoning Rules (ZR) notified by the Urban Development Department recently, stipulate the minimum size of the plot for a residential apartment should be 500 square meters (5,381.56 square feet) and minimum width of the road the plot is facing should be 9 meters (30 feet). Currently, there are no such curbs. The proposed rules would take prospective effect.

The new rules would apply to all urban local bodies across the state, including Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

“Apartment buildings” apartments in bangalore mean one or more buildings, each containing more than four dwelling units, as per the notification.

The ZR is aimed at uniform urban development.

“Apartments are mushrooming in the fast-developing cities like Bengaluru and Mysuru. In the absence of proper regulation in the existing master plans, apartments are being constructed everywhere. Apartments are coming up even on 30/40 and 60/40 sq ft plots across Bengaluru. Hence, it is proposed to regulate construction of apartments for rent in Bangalore under the common zoning rules,” Director of Town Planning L Shashikumar said.

The ZR also propose to empower Urban Development Authorities (UDAs) such as Bengaluru Development Authority to relocate private lands that are earmarked as parks and open spaces in the master plan . The relocation is permitted if 50% of the land is handed over to the UDA concerned free of cost by the owner. Then, owner of such property will be given the right to use the remaining 50% of the land for any other purpose like commercial, industrial or residential,Commercial space in Bangalore as applicable to the adjacent property.

ZR notified

* Residential apartment construction to be regulated

* Minimum plot size pegged at 500 sq mts (5,381.56 sq ft)

* Minimum road width 9 mts (30 ft).

* Relocation of pvt lands earmarked for parks and open spaces may be allowed.

New rules to regulate apartment constructions

However, minimum extent of land to be handed over should be 1,000 metres (10,763 sq ft), the notification stated.

Under Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, 1961, UDAs have to acquire private lands earmarked as parks and open spaces in the master plan by paying compensation to the owners. Interestingly, none of the UDAs in the state, including BDA, has been able to do so due to funds crunch. Hence, the government has mooted this proposal wherein both land owners and UDAs stand to gain.

Joint Director of Town Planning M S Shantala said UDAs have to acquire private lands meant for parks and open spaces within five years from the date of notification of the master plan. If not, owners of such properties can reclaim the land. “Instead of waiting for five years, the owners can surrender 50% of the land and make use of the remaining 50%,” she added.


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