[ecis2016.org] The BMRDA full form of which is the Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority has the responsibility to plan and supervise the sustained development of the city’s metropolitan region
The Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority (BMRDA) is an autonomous body, created by the Karnataka government under the BMRDA Act, 1985. The body was created to plan, coordinate and supervise the orderly development of the areas within the metropolitan region of Bengaluru. From time to time, the BMRDA conducts surveys, as well. The reports thus created, are used to prepare plans for the city. In this article, we examine the power and functions of the BMRDA.
Source: BMRDA website
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BMRDA core functions
As already mentioned, the BMRDA prepares reports based on the surveys they conduct.
For the development of the Bangalore Metropolitan Region (BMR), a structured plan is necessary and the BMRDA sees to it that it is ready. The Authority also oversees that developmental works are carried out, as laid out in the structure plan.
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The BMRDA is also responsible for the formulation of as many schemes as are necessary, to execute the structure plan.
The BMRDA must also coordinate with other bodies, such as the Bangalore Development Authority, the BBMP, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, the Karnataka Slum Clearance Board, the Karnataka Electricity Board, the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board and the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, to execute town planning schemes and the overall development of the Bangalore Metropolitan Region.
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Every scheme and project requires finance and the BMRDA must raise it and thereby, assist the local authorities towards the execution of various projects in the metropolitan region. The government may also entrust the Authority with other responsibilities from time to time.
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BMRDA project and layout approvals
Projects on unapproved layouts are not unheard of. Instances of developer firms coming up with properties, without obtaining the required permissions, have been very common and as a home buyer, this is something to be cautious about. The project you are investing in must receive the necessary approvals from the concerned authorities and this is possible, only if all the legal requirements are fulfilled as mentioned in the Land Revenue Act, the Land Reforms Act, The Town and Country Planning Act and the BMRDA Act. If you invest in an unapproved layout, chances are these would lack basic amenities and would not abide by the rules of town planning. Additionally, you may be unable to sell it in future too.
Note the following:
- No development with the Bangalore Metropolitan Region can take place without the permission of the BMRDA.
- No other local authority can act as a proxy for giving permissions, unless the BMRDA has allowed it.
- If you are planning to undertake some development, you should apply for the same, in writing.
- The BMRDA has the authority to verify the efficacy of the development and grant or decline such permissions.
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- If you are dissatisfied with the Authority’s decision, you can write to the state government, within 30 days from the date of the decision.
- If anyone comes up with a development in contravention of the rules laid out, the BMRDA has the authority to take necessary action and demolish or remove such a construction.
The BMRDA is responsible for approving building layout plans in areas falling under their jurisdiction. To obtain BMRDA building plan site approval, you submit an application to the local BMRDA office. Provide relevant documents that include building plan, title deed, sanction plan, and encumbrance certificate.
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Penalty for violating BMRDA rules
As already mentioned, contravening the provisions and rules laid down by the BMRDA invites penalty. This could be:
- Imprisonment for a term, which may extend to one year.
- Penalty, which may extend to Rs 10,000.
- Imprisonment and penalty together.
- Additional imprisonment for a month.
- Additional penalty of Rs 500.
If the person committing an offence under this Act is a company, every person who, at the time the offence was committed, was in charge of and responsible to the company for the conduct of its business, as well as the company, can be held guilty.
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What is a BMRDA structure plan?
The BMRDA structure plan is a regional-level perspective plan, supporting a long-term vision for the integrated development in the Bengaluru area, without compromising on its ecology and natural environment.
Can BMRDA approve layouts?
Planning authorities in Anekal, Hoskote, Kanakapura, Magadi, Nelamangala and Ramanagara-Channapatna approve plots. The BMRDA only frames rules to help these authorities.
What is the difference between BMRDA and BDA?
The BMRDA is responsible for bringing about changes in urban development policies, while the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) is in charge of planning in the city.
(With inputs from Sneha Sharon Mammen)
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