BDA flouts building norms: Audit
BDA had issued plan approval to a 'power of attorney' holder for a 22-storey building on the outskirts of city illegally
Sep 13, 2014
Source : The Times of India
Bhubaneswar Development Authority


BHUBANESWAR: The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) flouted its own building norms and showed undue favours to developers for construction of eight high-rises in the city, a latest draft audit note by accountant general (general and social sector) said.

The note, prepared by deputy AG C Veeraraghavan for inclusion in CAG report, said BDA had issued plan approval to a 'power of attorney' holder for a 22-storey building on the outskirts of city illegally. According to norms, it should have been approved in favour of the land owner. The land was jointly owned by two firms and an individual.

In another case, BDA allowed a high-rise in Goutam Nagar here where construction of multi-storey building is prohibited as it was declared a heritage zone. The audit pointed out that BDA lifted the curb for a limited period from 2008 to 2013 by dropping the area from list of heritage zone before classifying it again in the list to favour the particular developer. The developer took permission for the building with a built-up area of 2.45 lakh square feet in April 2009.

The audit note said BDA approved a building on NH-203 though Regulation 58(4) of the Planning and Building Standards Regulations 2008 stipulates that no high-rise can come up within 100 metre of the NH. BDA had illegally given permission to another developer to raise a high-rise on a 62,301 square metre plot though any plot with built up area of 2,000 square metre or more needs permission of Union ministry of environment and forests, the report said.

BDA allowed a builder in April 2009 to develop a multi-storey structure without creating basic amenities. It violated Section 9(7) and 59 of the 2008 regulation.

The audit raised an accusing finger at BDA that the latter approved a building plan, violating the provisions of exterior open spaces between all blocks, restricting light and ventilations between adjacent blocks. BDA did not adhere to norms of plantation in 25% land. The audit said though the AG had sought 14 files from BDA for scrutiny, the latter did not give six on the pretext that three were untraceable. One was seized by the vigilance department and another was lying with legal retainer. BDA vice-chairman Krishan Kumar could not be contacted for comments.

Latest Realty News

GDA allows extra floor, caters to urban boom
Sep 13, 2014
A new era of town planning is set to be ushered in the city after Uttar Pradesh government approved Ghaziabad Development Authority's proposal to amend building bylaws to allow construction of an additional floor, taking it to four
BDA bid to stop sale of land in parts
Sep 13, 2014
The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has decided to seek an amendment to building regulations from the government to reintroduce a provision that prevents sale of part of a plot in the city without BDA approval
Naidu seeks 1.2 lakh crore for building new capital city
Sep 13, 2014
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday made a strong pitch before the 14 Finance Commission for liberal grants that include Rs. 1.02 lakh crore for building the new capital and a special grant-in-aid of Rs. 41,500 crore to undo the damage done due to the ‘unscientific bifurcation’
DLF fined for harassing hapless businessman
Sep 13, 2014
Abeyant construction, delayed possession, hollow promises and helpless buyers. These seem to have become a common trait in the real estate industry in the city
Smart Cities: Venkaiah Eyes States
Sep 13, 2014
In a bid to expedite the process of identifying 100 smart cities and then developing it, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said the state governments have to take the lead, with the Centre playing only a supporting role
Arunachal Seeks Three Smart Cities in the State
Sep 13, 2014
Arunachal Pradesh has requested the Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu to set up three smart cities in the state
State tables demand for 20 smart cities
Sep 13, 2014
Bihar today urged the Centre to include its 20 towns in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship scheme of developing 100 smart cities
NRI investments in realty sector may rise 35% this yr: Survey
Sep 13, 2014
Property developers are expecting a 35 per cent surge in real estate enquiries from NRIs, with Bangalore turning out to be the hot favourite, says an Assocham survey
Unitech flat buyers in Noida protest against delays
Sep 13, 2014
Protests over delays in completion of real estate projects today reached doorstep of government ministers, including Prakash Javadekar, when some aggrieved buyers used an industry conference to air their grievances
Luxury hotels like Leela, Hyatt, others bolster growth with mixed-use projects
Sep 13, 2014
While the hospitality industry is abuzz with growth of mid-market brands, luxury brands like the Leela, Four Seasons, Hyatt and Ritz Carlton are furthering their growth by stitching mixed-use development deals with builder

Latest Realty News Of State

Realty Talk's