Brahmapur Development Authority is a statutory body constituted under the Orissa Development Authorities Act, 1982. It came into existence with effect from 26.07.1993. It is the successor to the erstwhile Berhampur Regional Improvement Trust a statutory body constituted under Orissa Town Planning and Improvement Trust Act, 1956 which in turn was successor to the erstwhile Special Planning Authority, Brahmapur under the same Orissa Town Planning & Improvement Trust Act, 1956.
The Brahmapur Development Authority has jurisdiction over the areas under the Municipal Corporation, Brahmapur, Notified Area Council of Gopalpur and Chatrapur with 139 villages (84 urban + 55 rural villages). The total number of revenue villages under the BDA Brahmapur is 139. The total area under BDA Brahmapur is 320.61 Sq. Kms. with a population of 6,07,914 as per the 2011 Census.
The objectives of the BDA Brahmapur as per the Orissa Development Authority Act interalia are:
- To plan and facilitate orderly growth of the urban and suburban area;
- To acquire, hold, manage, develop and dispose of lands for industrial, residential, commercial, transport, recreational and other purposes;
- To provide for coordinated development of commercial, civic, transport and administrative centres to function as multi-level focal points of urban and suburban areas;
- To provide for adequate level of services and amenities to meet the increasing demand on infrastructures.