The Bangalore development authority approved construction of an apartment complex off Tumakuru Road a few years ago, but now residents who have purchased flats in the apartment have discovered that the only access road to commute to their dream houses is under dispute, and in terrible shape.
Their current road falls right opposite the Chikkabanawara railway station, and the railway department has claimed ownership of it. As the residents run from pillar to post for an access road, herein lies a lesson for people trying to purchase a new flat —also check if there is an approved connecting road to your apartment!
The 160 flat owners of the Mahaveer Desire Apartment complex on Hessarghatta Road are worried about not having a pathway to their house. While the ‘kutcha’ road on the stretch was getting fixed, railway officials intervened and claimed that it was their property, so “trespassers would be prosecuted”. Residents then realised that they had got cheated by the builder as the front road shown at the time of construction was railway property. Flat owners are now confused and worried over this strange development.
About this, the secretary of Mahaveer Desire Flat Owners’ Association, Vivek Naik, says, “We purchased flats here considering that it is approved by the BDA and spent our lifetime savings on it to live here. However, we came to know that no approach road has been provided to the residents of Mahaveer Desire Apartment. When we filed an RTI, we received information that the approach road shown as approved in the BDA town plan is 12.19 metres. We have requested the BDA Town Planning Authority to take up this particular land and notify it once again for the construction of a road, which is mandatory for residents in the apartment.”
Residents also contacted respective railway officials over the same issue as there is a rapid growth in the Chikbanavara junction, which now helps in connecting with other parts of the city from Chikbanavara, a village in the north of Bengaluru. According to Naik, no action has been taken by the authorities till date.
Credits Bangalore Mirror