Bangalore Development Authority delays Rs 11 lakh payout to landowner, gives sites worth Rs 44 crore in a 34 year battle | Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: The Bangalore Development Authority‘s (BDA) failure to ensure timely payment of Rs 11 lakh as entitled compensation to a landowner eventually forced it to cough up Rs 44.5 crore eight years later after selling the developed sites.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on departments and public-sector undertakings mentions this case of BDA land acquisition from 1988 for development of JP Nagar 8th Phase in Bengaluru.
As per the Land Acquisition Act of 1894, a timely payment of Rs 10.9 lakh was to be paid towards Nanjundappa to part with 4 acres, 4 guntas in the vicinity in March 1988. However, BDA failed to make the payment immediately and did it finally eight years later.
The aggrieved landowner in August 2017 filed a petition in the HC seeking acquisition proceedings to be declared lapsed and compensation under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Act of 2013.
The court agreed and asked BDA to give the land loser “equal extent of land having similar potential as compensation within three months”. Since the court’s directives were not complied with by BDA within the stipulated time frame, a contempt petition was filed in January 2018.
The BDA decided to compensate the landowner in the form of developed sites measuring 11,979sqft for every acre of land acquired. Accordingly, BDA allotted 48,277.5sqft, comprising 23 sites in different BDA layouts as compensation.
The complainant, however, went to the HC again and sought higher compensation. The BDA had to give 20 additional sites measuring 50,328.2 sqft in different layouts. The total value of developed land given as compensation was estimated at Rs 44.5 crore.

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