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Bangalore Development Authority

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) of Bangalore, India, is a governmental organization and the principal planning authority for Bangalore. Its function, under the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act of 1961 (KTCPA), is as a regulatory body required "to prepare in the prescribed manner a Comprehensive Development Plan" (CDP).[1] It also oversees planning and development of infrastructure, provision of development-related sites and services, the housing needs of underprivileged citizens in Bangalore and is currently the city's largest land developer.[2] No other authority or person may undertake development within the Bangalore Metropolitan Region without the permission of the BDA.[3]

Bangalore Redevelopment Authority
Bangalore Development Authority logo.jpeg
Logo of the BDA
Planning Authority overview
Formed January 6, 1976 (1976-01-06)
Superseding agency
  • City Improvement Trust Board
Jurisdiction Government of Karnataka
Headquarters Bangalore
Annual budget Rs. 5067.65 crore (2012)



BDA was created on January 6, 1976 under the Bangalore Development Authority Act 1976[4] superseding the earlier civic authority known as the City Improvement Trust Board (CITB). BDA has executed many infrastructure works in Bangalore including the Outer Ring Road, Hebbal flyover etc. It has also developed many of the city's residential layouts.

  • 1993/4 - First public report card on the performance of the BDA published by Public Affairs Centre [5]
  • 1999 - Second report card.



  • A 1999 report[7] by the World Bank labelled it one of the most corrupt and inefficient institutions in the city.[8]
  • The encroachment and development upon water bodies and tanks essential for the city's drainage system.[9]
  • Failure to provide basic amenities (power, water, sewerage, drainage) to residential layouts whilst embarking on still further projects.[10][11]
  • Failure to provide for the rehabilitation of villagers displaced by new layout projects.[12]
  • Failure to deliver on planned projects and promised infrastructure.[13][14]
  • Despite the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Indian Constitution devolving power to Panchayats and local urban bodies, the BDA is not similarly responsive through an electoral process to local constituencies.[15]
  • The influence of money and vested interests, the so-called "land mafia",[16] in the violation of regulations and land use controls and the development of prime real estate locations.[17][18]
  • Service outcomes decreasing over time despite significant growth in revenues (accounting for population and inflation).[19]


The Present BDA commissioner is Rakesh singh, who is 1989 Karnataka Cadre IAS Officer.[20]

Layouts developed by BDAEdit

Jayanagar, Koramangla, J P Nagar, Anjanpura, Kumaraswamy Layout, Banashankari, Indranagar, Kasturi Nagar, Sadashivnagar, RMV Extension, HBR Layout, HRBR Layout, HSR Layout, BTM Layout, Vishwesharaiah Layout, 37/6 Arkavathy Layout, Nagarbhavi BDA Layout. BSK5TH Stage, BSK 6th Stage.West of chord road layout , Nadaprabhu kempegowda layout

Comprehensive Development Plans (CDPs)Edit

  • 1984 1st Development Plan for 1985 approved
  • 1995 2nd Development Plan [21]
  • Master Plan 2015[22] approved in 2005.
  • Revised Master Plan 2031[23]

References and External linksEdit

  1. ^ Stallmeyer, John (2010). Building Bangalore: Architecture and urban transformation in India’s Silicon Valley. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9780203842195. 
  2. ^ "Bangalore an IT city? Check with Bangalore Development Authority". DNA. February 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ Lall, Somik V (2009). Urban Land Markets: Improving Land Management for Successful Urbanization. Springer. p. 316. ISBN 9781402088629. 
  4. ^ "Assembly re-adopts Bill on BDA Act". The Hindu. Chennai, India. July 19, 2006. 
  5. ^ Paul, Samuel (2000). Benchmarking Urban Services: The Second Report Card from Bangalore. Public Affairs Centre. 
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  7. ^ Paul, Samuel (November 1999). "Making Voice Work: The Report Card on Bangalore's Public Services" (PDF). World Bank. doi:10.1596/1813-9450-1921. 
  8. ^ Carney, Scott (October 20, 2008). "The Godfather of Bangalore". Wired. 
  9. ^ Srinivas, Smriti (2004). "Models of the Garden City". Landscapes Of Urban Memory. Orient Blackswan. ISBN 9788125022541. 
  10. ^ "'Bangalore Development Authority needs major surgery'". DNA. July 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ D'Souza, Odeal (February 1, 2011). "Bangalore Development Authority acting like real estate agency: Karnataka high court". DNA. 
  12. ^ D'Souza, Odeal (February 16, 2011). "Bangalore Development Authority gets another sound rap from Karnataka high court". DNA. 
  13. ^ Raghunandan, P (April 25, 2012). "BDA's budget soars, progress dwindles". Deccan Herald. 
  14. ^ Chaturvedi, Atul (February 8, 2013). "Like BBMP, BDA too is a pauper". Bangalore Mirror. 
  15. ^ Stallmeyer, John (2010). Building Bangalore: Architecture and urban transformation in India’s Silicon Valley. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9780203842195. 
  16. ^ Carney, Scott (October 20, 2008). "The Godfather of Bangalore". Wired. 
  17. ^ Stallmeyer, John (2010). Building Bangalore: Architecture and urban transformation in India’s Silicon Valley. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9780203842195. 
  18. ^ "BDA under heavy fire for its shady deals". DNA. July 28, 2012. 
  19. ^ Sridhar, Kala Seetharam (2010). State of Urban Services in India's Cities: Spending and Financing. Public Affairs Centre. ISBN 9780198065388. 
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