By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: The buffer zone law is also applicable to BDA Layouts also as it is rejecting to give NOC for buffer zone "no construction area” .I have asked Public Information Officerand Deputy Director TPM Bangalore Development Authority to provide me certified copy of all approved Layout Plans of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout Plans showing all lakes/kere/Tanks as per revenue Maps and showing 75 meters Buffer Zone around all lakes/kere/Tanks and 50 meters for Rajakaluve coming in Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout Plans as per NGT Orders .Also I have asked him to provide me whether any sites made and were allotted in buffer Zones in Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout Plans.The BDA is THE PUBLIC AUTHORITY under obligation to provide information "PUBLICLY” under section 4(I) (a) (b) (c) (d) RTI Act.Reportedly BDA finalized the plot prices and is making allotment finalized. The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) appears to have flouted its rules and regulations for allotment of sites in the Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout.Constituted to provide housing for people who do not have a own roof over their head, BDA, in its paper notification for Nadaprabhu Kempe Gowda layout, omitted the clause of people owning private sites or apartments being ineligible for allotment of BDA sites.Section 10 (3) of the BDA (site allotment) rules of 1984 says: "No person who or any dependent member of whose family , owns a site or a house, or has been allotted a site or a house by the BDA, or a co-operative society registered under the Karnataka Co-operative Societies Act, 1959 or any other such Authority within the Bangalore Metropolitan Area, or has been allotted a site or a house in any other part in the state by any other Urban Development Authority or the Karnataka Housing Board or such agency of the government, shall be eligible to apply for allotment of a site."However, the paper notifi cation calling for Kempegowda Layout allotment omits the "who or any dependent member of whose family , owns a site or a house..." from the 10 (3) clause and says: "Any person either in hisher name or hisher spouse or any dependent member of hisher family has been already allotted a sitehouseflat or any other form of shelter by the erstwhile CITB BDA KHB House Building Co-operative Socities or any such other government authority within the Bangalore Metropolitan Area or has been allotted a site or house in any part in the state by any other urban develop ment authority or KHB or such other agency of the government are not eligible to apply for allotment of site as per rule 10 (3) of the BDA (site allotment) rules of 1984.".You need to Digest this: A 30 X 40 site will cost Rs 24 lakh plus registration; a 2,400 sq ft (60 X 40 feet) is Rs 54 lakh; and (hold on!) the 50 X 80 site will come for Rs one crore. Gone are the days when BDA sold sites for Rs 195 and Rs 225 per sq ft and when no Tom, Dick or Harry gave a second thought to apply for one. This is evident from what is happening at the Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout which is being developed between Mysore and Magadi roads in the NICE road circuit. Now time has come that BDA should truly function as Planning authority and do only infrastructure projects instead of layout making and layout making and grup housing should to left to private sectors .If at all government want to do the projects it should give free sites and free houses to poor. Instead of making layout it can make money in approving layout and private builders are capable of selling the sites less than the BDA and market rates.