The Bangalore Development Authority, which was largely ignored by the BJP government during its years in office, is back in focus in Sidddaramaiah’s maiden budget as Chief Minister.

Mr. Siddaramaiah has promised to distribute plots to 8,000 allottees of the Arkavathy Layout before March 2014. The announcement has come as a relief to the allottees who have been waiting for several years for the BDA to deliver plots that they had been shortlisted for. The Arkavathy Layout has been dogged by scandals and scams since its inception in March 2004; one of these scams sent the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to jail. Another major budgetary announcement is that the much-delayed Kempegowda Layout will be completed before March 2014 and applications for 5,000 plots will be invited from the public. The government has also announced that the BDA will construct 6,500 flats at affordable prices before the end of the current fiscal year.

Mr. Siddaramaiah has also proposed to remodel the BDA commercial complexes at R.T. Nagar, Indiranagar and Austin Town at a cost of Rs. 600 crore.

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