Army won’t seize school land…

Giving a respite to hundreds of students in four government schools and a junior college in R T Nagar near J C Nagar in the city, defence minister Manohar Parrikar directed the defence personnel not to take possession of the land. On Tuesday, hundreds of the students and their parents had staged a protest to prevent defence personnel from taking possession of the land following a court order. In a meeting on Thursday participated by elected representatives and state government officials, Parikar instructed the defence personnel either to lease out the controversial property for a long period or get alternative land from the state government.

Union minister Sadananda Gowda, who participated in the meeting, said that the functioning of the school will not be disturbed and there will be no possession or demolition of properties. At present, four government-run schools (Kannada medium, Urdu medium and Tamil medium) and a junior composite college are functioning in the land that belongs to the army. Recently, a notice was served by the army administration to vacate the premises. However, this was met with a massive protest by students and parents.

In addition to school land, the authorities also discussed various projects which are pending in the city due to objections raised by the defence administration. For example, the BBMP needs 34 acres of the land owned by the defence department to take up various projects including road widening. Several projects in the city have been delayed for years due to non-availability of the land. The projects include construction of a skywalk near Esteem Mall on Bellary road, widening of the stretch between Laskar Road and Hosur Road and Trinity Circle to Domlur, the Challaghatta to Koramangala road project, the widening of Victoria Road and others.

Transport minister Ramalinga Reddy who attended the meeting said, “The defence authorities have agreed to taking up developmental works except for widening of the road from Trinity Circle to Domlur citing a lot of inconvenience. They have also sought 400 acres of alternative land in outskirts.”

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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