Karnataka HC registers suo motu PIL on BDA layouts details web hosting

The high court said that the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) should host on the web all the details of the developments formed by it in a phased manner.

A divisional bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe ordered the Registry to register the case as a suo motu (PIL) public interest litigation.

The issue relating to the requirement to host the details of the layouts was part of the instructions in the judgment by a single judge seat.

The BDA challenged that order in an appeal, saying the single judge traveled beyond the scope of the motion for the order while issuing directions.

“Needless to say, the BDA falls within the scope of the Right to Information Act 2005. Therefore, the BDA is required to maintain transparency in its operation and to host on the web all the details of the layouts it forms. However, the details contained in paragraph 6 of the order with respect to the various layouts formed by BDA must be done in a phased manner,” the bench said.

The court ordered the BDA to host the details regarding Arkavathy Layout taking the help of the principal secretary, e-governance department, as well as other departments.

Information to be housed should include the total extent of land notified in the preliminary and final notifications (all with village map/Google Map/RMP), possession taken, land denoted, land turned over to engineering department, total number of sites formed, total number of corner sites, compensation paid to landowners, details of disputes, number of stray sites auctioned, allocation/reallocation of sites, seniority of applicants, etc.

In the meantime, the Divisional Bench has amended one of the Single Bench Guidelines dated May 31, 2022 relating to the auctioning of corner locations.

The bench enabled the BDA to auction all sites including corner sites at the Arkavathy Layout.

This is subject to the reservation of three sites to petitioners.

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