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Shivaram Karanth Layout ready for approval

Swathi Shivanand

BWSSB agrees to supply water to the area


Layout planned between Doddaballapur and Hesarghatta roads

There will be 18,975 sites in the layout


BANGALORE: The Bangalore Development Authority’s Shivaram Karanth Layout is ready for approval.

In March, the State Government approved the formation of Nadaprabhu Kempe Gowda Layout while withholding approval for the Shivaram Karanth Layout in the wake of concerns over water supply to the layout, an official in the BDA told The Hindu.

The Government on April 2 gave the go-ahead to the BDA to proceed with land acquisition for the Kempe Gowda Layout.

“The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has agreed to supply water to the layout. We have written to the Government saying that the layout now meets all requirements,” the official said.

The Shivaram Karanth Layout has been planned between Doddaballapur and Hesarghatta roads, and will have 18,975 sites on 3,546 acres at a cost of Rs. 1,847 crore.

Concerns

Concerns over water supply arose as the layout is located to the north of the city, declared as a water-scarce area by the BDA.

This is the reason that the layout needed clearance from the water board even though the BWSSB is responsible for providing water to all layouts formed by the BDA.

BWSSB chairperson G. Latha Krishna Rao told The Hindu that the layout would receive water from the second stage of the Cauvery fourth phase.

The BWSSB planned to draw an additional 500 million litres every day upon completion of the project in 2011-12.

Besides, the BWSSB hopes to be flush with water as it expects to complete its waste water reuse for potable purposes in the Koramangala-Challaghatta valley and get an additional 400 million litres per day by the time the layout is formed.

Cutting water loss

This is in addition to the plans it has to reduce water losses during supply under the project.

“We will be ready to provide water by the time the layout is ready in the next three to four years,” Ms. Rao said. The BDA on Wednesday formally requested the BWSSB to take up the responsibility of supplying water and providing sanitary connections in all the five layouts it has planned.

The Kempe Gowda Layout, between Magadi Road and Mysore Road, with at least 60,000 sites planned, was approved last month.

Not approved

The BDA announced last year its intention to form five layouts.

Sources in the authority pointed out that three of these layouts had not been approved as the areas to be acquired overlapped with integrated townships and special economic zones planned by other government agencies.

These layouts are D. Devaraj Urs Layout, S. Nijalingappa Layout and Kyasambahalli Changalaraya Reddy Layout.

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