Troubles seem to be unending for the Bangalore Development Authority, a government body that has become synonymous with controversy. As the controversy over the steel flyover is gaining momentum, the next protest that is coming its way is the peripheral ring road (PRR) beku, a demand being put forward by farmers on the outskirts of the city. A voice that caught everyone by surprise at an urban amalgamation was that of the farmers of the state, who pledged their solidarity with the protestors against the steel flyover and pointed out the drawbacks of authorities, who have delayed an important project for more than a decade and are now adamant to execute one that is not wanted.
The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene came down heavily on the BDA here on Sunday and said the government body has lost its mind and has no agenda for carrying out development. “We support the #SteelFlyoverBeda movement but the next big protest will be #PRRBeku,” they said.
Suresh K, a member of the Sangha told media, “The government keeps on harping about development, but has failed to cater to the needs of the people who have been waiting for it for the past 12 years. On one hand, the BDA fails to execute the peripheral ring road project by citing a zillion problems, and on the other it has the audacity to plan an Rs 1700 crore project that has been rejected by citizens. The members of the Sangha said they are going to gherao the BDA office on November 9, to demand execution of the project, which will provide respite to many farmers residing on the outskirts of the city. It will be a big protest and we will force the government to wake up to our demands.
Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene demands
If you do not have the capacity to complete the PRR, give us NOC
PRR was announced in 2005 and notices were issued for 1,950 acres, but till now no decision has been taken
Apart from these 1,950 acres, the land adjoining these cannot be traded
The original alignment has been altered 3-4 times to help influential people. 3-4 years wasted on this
5-6 years were wasted by awarding unscientific compensation
Why is the government troubling land-owner farmers?
Suggestions of farmers who have agreed to part with their land is not being heard by stupid officials, selfish politicians and corrupt government
Unable to provide compensation as per the new land acquisition laws as agreed before the court, the BDA is trying to compensate farmers with developed land
This will result in the project being delayed further
After failing to build the PRR with a length of 65 kms for 12 years the BDA and government are trying to build a Steel Flyover which is just 6.5 km long
If the PRR is built, people going to the airport will not even enter the city.
Award compensation and build PRR immediately or drop the project and give us back our land
Credits Bangalore Mirror