The State and Central Governments may begin planning for suburban train to ease traffic congestion in Bangalore, it should have been planned 10 years back, but, better late than never, the Government has announced that it would start the PLANNING BY MAY, 2017.




The Trump administration has instructed all its diplomatic missions worldwide to identify certain groups that need extra scrutiny and adopt a rigorous vetting process for issuing visas. Those applying for an American visa – including tourist and business visas – would be asked to furnish details of their employment and residence for the last 15 years and all the phone numbers they used in the previous five years, a diplomatic cable issued by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said. Further, he added, “Consular officers should not hesitate to refuse any case presenting security concerns,” “All visa decisions are national security decisions,”

The cable dated March 15 says these additional protocols have been put in place to prevent the entry into the US of foreign nationals who may aid, support or commit violent, criminal or terrorist acts and ensure that those allowed to come in are rigorously vetted.
The classified cable asks all its overseas diplomatic posts to immediately draw a set of criteria for a rigorous vetting process for issuing visas to foreign nationals.

The cable instructed visa issuing officers to ask additional questions to the applicants. It would also require the applicant to share with visa officer all phone numbers, emails and social media accounts used in the last five years.



The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to keep the ownership of the ground floor of a building that deviates from the original sanctioned plan. The rule will be application for all buildings of ground plus four storeyd  and above, this trial method is based on Hyderabad Municipality Policy.

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said changes to the sanctioned plan have become all too common. “Deviations are one of the biggest headaches after building plans are sanctioned. Genuine buyers are also affected by this problem. Henceforth, when builders come to BBMP to get their construction plan approved, they will have to register the ground floor in BBMP’s name. Once the construction is completed and at the time of issuance of the occupancy certificate, the ground floor will be released to the builder or developer,” he said. Town planning experts have termed this decision to be one of the strongest ones taken by the BBMP Commissioner.

In the interim, till the property owner obtains an occupancy certificate, the ground floor of the building shall be registered with the BBMP at a nominal fee of Rs 100.

The property will be released along with the occupancy certificate. If the property owner has violated the agreement, the ground floor of the building will stay with the  BBMP, said Prasad.

The civic body has found that when time comes to get the occupancy certificate, nearly 60 per cent of properties in the city would have deviated from the approved structure. The new mode of penalty, the BBMP hopes, would act as a strong deterrent. But, the civic body has not taken any action on the existing buildings with deviation and violation.

The Akrama Sakrama is being heard as a Civil Appeal in the Supreme Court of India and the State Government has not taken any initiative except filing the caveat, to revoke the TI or Stay Order.  The State Government must approach the apex court to get the relief for the DC Converted sites, which will pave way for the collection of improvement charges.

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Buying Tanker Water – Take Care – Check for PH, Total alkinity, Total Hardness, Odour, Color and Microbial Parameter Such as E-Coli , Coliform etc.

There is acute shortage of potable water in all the parts of Bangalore due to failed monsoon and continuous two years drought.  The Underground water table has touched down the lowest ebb and the quality of the water pumped is toxic to highly pathogenic.

Therefore, we request all the readers to enlighten the associations, friends and relatives to check the quality of the water before the purchase and at the time of use.

In a rare case, it is found that treated water is being supplied in one part of Bangalore, but yet to be confirmed.

General Checks:

PH, Total alkinity, Total Hardness, Odour, Color, TDS and Microbial Parameter Such as E-Coli , Coliform.

The tanker rates or prices range from Rs.300/- to Rs1,200/- for 6,000 to 7,000 litres depending upon the location and the quality of water.



BUYING A SITE IN BENGALURU, from Unauthorised layouts and B katha?

There are a whopping 2,500 illegal layouts in Bengaluru Urban district alone

If you are planning to invest your hard-earned money on a site in a layout- first make sure that it is a legal layout. The reason: The state government has come out with a statement revealing that there are a whopping 2,515 illegal layouts in the city.

Revenue minister Kagodu Thimmappa informed the legislative assembly on Monday that illegal layouts have come up in five taluks in the Bengaluru Urban district limits.

As per the rule, if the land has to be used for non-agricultural purposes, the said land has to be first converted from agricultural to non-agricultural under Karnataka Land Reforms Act. However, many of the layouts in the Bengaluru Urban district limit like Bengaluru North, Bengaluru-North (Additional), Bengaluru South, Bengaluru East and Anekal, have not been converted, thus rendering them illegal.

Deputy commissioner of Bengaluru Shankar V told Bangalore Mirror, “The district administration has already issued notices to those people who have formed layouts without any approvals. In the city, illegal layouts have been formed in an area spreading over 6,000 acres of land. The administration has also taken action against those people who have encroached upon government land. We have also directed panchyat people not allow these kind of illegal activities in their respective jurisdictions.

“These activities cannot be curbed by revenue department alone. There are many planning authorities in the city. They have to take action against these developers for taking illegal routes to form layouts and sell them to people who are unaware of the frauds.”
The official said a majority of illegal layouts have been formed in Anekal area, and that such layouts had also come up in the green belt by flouting rules.

An IAS officer who is on the committee to study illegal layouts in and around the city, said, “In coming days, there will be many more rounds of meetings on the issue. A lot of measures need to be taken to put an end to the formation of illegal layouts which include legislative changes. The committee has already sought information from various departments like revenue, stamps and registration, town-planning and others.”

The committee is headed by additional chief secretary of urban development department and there are 15 members on it.

The state government will take further actions after receiving the report from the committee.

Illegal Layouts-press report on 21-3-2017-


CAG: BDA overlooked change of land-use plan by developer

The CAG statement comes in the backdrop of BDA’s lapses in sanctioning building plans for Prestige Augusta Golf Village project in Vaderahalli village, east Bengaluru, which involves development of 460 luxury villas and twin houses spread over 104 acres designed around a nine-hole golf course. In its second instalment on the general and social sectors, the CAG report said the project, initiated in 2013, is facing demolition owing to the BDA’s failure to consider the general power of attorney (GPA) before sanctioning the detailed building plan that resulted in deviation from the approved development plan.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has slammed the Bangalore Development Authority for its failure to monitor compliance with building bylaws, especially involving large projects, and said it has resulted in the exploitation of unwary buyers. The audit report placed in the assembly on Monday said the BDA must continuously ensure bylaws are followed. “Failure to do so may result in severe losses to the buyers since BDA may subsequently deny occupancy certificates or demolish the building as those would be illegal structures,” it added.

According to the report, the BDA, in December 2016, issued notice to Prestige Developers seeking reasons for contravening the scope of the development plan approved by the authority. Since the reply was unsatisfactory, it directed the builder to stop work and remove the structure constructed while recallig the sanctioned plan. By then, the developer had developed, ad vertised and sold some residential units in the agricultural land zone to prospective owners violating the norms stipulated in the zoning regulations of the Revised Master Plan 2015 for Bengaluru. As per the regulations, if the land is more than 40 hectares, golf course along with ancillary units like administrative office, guest rooms guest houses and dining facilities may be permitted for housing the staff of government, semi-government, public and private limited for short duration.

The back story

In 2012, owners of Survey Nos 27 to 42 and 56 of Vaderahalli village applied for conversion of land use from agricultural to nonagricultural for the development of golf course and ancillary units. The then deputy commissioner, Bengaluru Rural district, gave the approval on the condition that the land would be used for the intended purpose and construction would be undertaken after obtaining approval from zonal development authorities.

The owners applied to the BDA for sanction of non-residential development plan and it was approved on January 21, 2013 for a golf course and ancillary units. The report said that BDA issued the work order on June 28, 2013 after the land owner entered into a development agreement with Prestige Developers to develop the property and for its sale after executing a GPA in favour of the developer , empowering him to sell, lease, mortgage, exchange or otherwise 67% divided and or undivided share in the land.

“The GPA was submitted along with other docu ments to BDA prior to seeking sanction for the detailed building plan. Despite possessing the GPA, which altered the scope of the development plan sanctioned, BDA sanctioned the detailed building plan for construction of golf course with 460 guest houses on remittance of prescribed fees and charges,” the report said.




The Income Tax Department is scrutinising the Books of Accounts and the bill books maintained by the Petrol Pump Stations across India, which had deposited more old currency during the demonitisation.

The Income Tax Department has also found out abnormal discrepancy in 16,70,000 accounts with huge deposits and are under scrutiny.