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BENGALURU: Looks like the Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout is a perpetual work in progress. The pace of basic infrastructure work at the layout is such that it seems the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) will not be able to meet yet another deadline fixed by Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) Karnataka.

The Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout was expected to have basic infrastructure in place by March 31, 2018, but the BDA could not meet the deadline. RERA had extended the deadline to December 31, 2021.

“I bought a site in the second phase of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout in 2018. I paid more than Rs 50 lakh for the 60×40 sq ft site. I have been waiting to start construction of my dream home for the last three years. I can do that only if it has basic infrastructure such as underground drainage, electricity, water and roads,’’ said Manjunath BS.

He said he has been staying at a rented house in Girinagar. As per the data provided by the BDA, package 1 of the development work was given to L&T and package 2 to SPML and ACL. While 66 per cent of the utility duct in package 1 is completed, only 45 per cent of the work in package 2 was done at the end of June 2021. Only 27 per cent of work on manholes is completed in package 1 and 40 per cent of it is done in package 2. Work on laying UGD pipes is only 43 per cent done in package 1 while it is only 34 per cent done in package 2. And there is not much progress in other work such as setting up the transmission line, supply of fresh water and recycled water.

“I bought a 20×30 sq ft site under the economically weaker sections (EWS) quota in 2019 in block 6. The BDA did nothing to develop block 6. There are no roads, no water, no electricity,’’ said Sneha V.

Sham Jujare S of NPKL Progressive Front said that BDA must complete this project in the next five months.

“We urge the BDA to install CCTV cameras and appoint guards at all the major junctions of each block of the layout. The progress of package 2 is very slow compared to package1. The BDA has not installed electric poles and transformers in the blocks 5B, 6 and 9 on par with the package 1,’’ said Jujare.

BDA executive engineer Sateesh said a shortage of manpower and material shortage are proving to be the main hurdles to the work.“Most workers are from northern states and are yet to come back to Bengaluru after the lockdown was lifted. Supply of material for the construction of manholes is affected due to the closure of factories in neighbouring states. Contractors are trying to set up their own manufacturing units at the layout to mitigate the shortage,’’ said Satish.

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