BENGALURU: The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) was expected to complete the development of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout by the end of this year. If the delay in constructing the basic infrastructure at the layout is any indication, it seems the deadline is set to be extended by another six months.

According to the site allottees, the BDA had missed the project completion deadline of 2018 and another deadline was established for completing the developmental work by the end of December 2021.

“It is not fair for the BDA to seek an extension of the deadline. Many of the allottees are senior citizens. They are not sure whether they will be able to construct their dream homes at the layout during their lifetime,’’ said Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout Open Forum president Nuggehalli Sridhar.

He said that he had no hope of constructing the house at the layout as he was already 65 years old. “I am residing at a rented house at Hennur. My dream was to have my own home,’’ he said. The members of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout Open Forum said that BDA had already collected Rs 2,000 crore from them. “The developmental works are progressing at a snail’s pace even after four years,’’ said Surya Kiran, a spokesperson of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout Open Forum.

The BDA started site allotment in Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout from 2016 without any basic amenities to facilitate construction of houses. The layout was registered in 2017 with a deadline of completing the developmental work by the end of December 2018. “The BDA again applied for an extension stating that due to the huge area, they were unable to complete the infrastructural work. The RERA has extended the deadline till the end of December 2021. As per RERA clause, extension can be granted for one time,’’ said Kiran. The site allottees complain that BDA authorities did not take developmental works seriously after availing the extension till the end of December 2021. “The BDA is trying to get one more extension by citing shortage of manpower and construction material due to the lockdown. We request the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) to penalise the BDA for violating norms by not meeting the deadline,’’ added Kiran. They said that none of them have been able to construct houses due to the delay.

“All of us have paid the site value upfront by taking loans for which we are paying interest,’’ he said.

BDA Engineer Member Dr HR Shantharajanna said that the work at Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout was delayed due to shortage of manpower and construction materials during the lockdown. “There was a shortage for construction material due to the closure of quarries for two months. Labourers are not available due to the lockdown, and it will take time for the contractors to get manpower. The work may be reduced to half due to the monsoon. So, we may need six more months to complete the developmental works,’’ said Dr Shantharajanna.

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