|Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority (BMRDA) is an autonomous body created by the Government of Karnataka under the BMRDA Act 1985 for the purpose of planning, co-ordinating and supervising the proper and orderly development of the areas within the Bangalore Metropolitan Region (BMR) which comprises Bangalore urban district, Bangalore rural district and Ramanagara district.
As per the Structure Plan, apart from BMA (BDA jurisdiction), the rest of the Bangalore Metropolitan Region [BMR] is divided in to five Area Planning Zones (APZ’s) and six Interstitial Zones (IZ’s). The APZ’s are proposed along the corridors, which are (1) Bangalore-Bidadi (2) Bangalore-Nelamangala (3) Bangalore-Devanahalli (4) Bangalore- Whitefield, Hoskote (5) Bangalore-Anekal, Sarjapur-Hosur.
The Area Planning Zones (APZ’s) are areas where urban development is permitted subject to certain regulations. The Interstitial Zones are the areas lying between APZ’s where urban activities are restricted giving more emphasis to environmental – issues like conservation of forest area, agriculture etc.
For planned urban growth Local planning areas under Karnataka Town & Country Planning Act-1961 are declared in the five APZ’s and IZ’s 1 & 2. The following are the Planning / Development Authorities functioning in the Bangalore Metropolitan Region (BMR).
IT IS TO BE NOTED THAT THERE ARE OVER (ESTIMATED) 2000 ILLEGAL AND UNAUTHORISED LAYOUTS IN BMRDA/BDA JURIDICTION. VILLAGE PANCHAYAT KATHAS HAD BEEN ISSUED TO SUCH PROPERTIES AS GRAMATHANA SITES. EVEN, SITES IN GREEN BELTS HAVE KATHA.(VERY STRANGE) 424 LAYOUTS HAD BEEN NOTICED OR FOUND OUT, BUT THERE ARE OVER FEW THOUSAND LAYOUTS BEING FORMED/CARVED AND SOLD. BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS HAVE FINANCED MANY SUCH PROPERTIES. ANOTHER STRANGE ILLEGALITY IS THAT THE VILLAGE PANCHAYATS HAVE APPROVED THE LAYOUTS IN BMRDA AND BDA JURISDICTION WITHOUT ANY AUTHORITY OR POWER DELEGATED TO IT. AS LONG AS FOOLISH BUYERS ARE THERE, SUCH ILLEGALITIES WILL THRIVE AND THE BUYERS ARE LURED BY CHEAP/LOW/TEMPTING OFFERS BY THE LAND MAFIA.
PROPERTY BUYERS, WAY BACK IN 2005 AND EARLIER WERE BUYING REVENUE SITES AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, IN 2005, THE REGISTRATION AND TRANSFER OF REVENUE SITES WERE PROHIBITED BY THE COURT AND THE GOVERNMENT. REVENUE SITES OWNERS REALISED THEIR FOLLY, THEN.
MANY OF THE ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTIONS/BUILDINGS/APARTMENTS DO NOT HAVE KATHA AND HAVE ONLY `B`FORMS OR KATHAS. INSPITE OF IT, THESE PROPERTIES ARE BEING TRADED IN THE MARKET.