Acquisition of properties for extending the metro to the IT corridor Whitefield has been facing hurdles one after another. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) was in a bind on acquiring 45 properties located in a one-kilometre stretch adjacent to the cable-hung bridge in KR Puram starting from Tin Factory.
The reason for the delay in acquisition was that the BMRCL officials had suspected that the identified properties were acquired by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) way back in 1994 to build a national highway. The BMRCL had taken the stand that double compensation cannot be paid for the properties, as according to them NHAI had acquired them.
After several rounds of meeting with NHAI and verification of documents, highway authorities informed the BMRCL that the said properties were not acquired and consequently no compensation had been paid. Of this, an official of the BMRCL said, “We have been waiting for the response of NHAI on the status of these properties. We recently got a feedback from the authorities that a total of nine acres of land was identified for highway construction in the 1990s.
“However, later a decision was taken to use only seven acres of land in the area for the project. Hence, these properties were not acquired. Now we have decided to issue final notifications for the acquisition of the project through KIADB, which is acquiring properties on behalf of BMRCL. It will now take only two months to acquire the properties.”
To extend the metro from Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield, a distance of 15.5 Km, the BMRCL has already notified 219 properties. The BMRCL is spending a whopping Rs 867 crore to acquire these properties, which include vacant lands, and commercial and residential buildings.
“The process is on to take possession of the notified lands. Already 39 property owners have been compensated. We are hoping that by December, all notified properties will be acquired. The BMRCL has also decided to approach the state government on an increased compensation package by going by the 2013 guidance value instead of the 2011 guidance value. As many as 54 properties owners between the KR Puram railway station and Mahadevpura police station who were unhappy with the offered compensation package will benefit from this,” he added.
The BMRCL had issued a notification for the acquisition of properties in the month of August 2013. It was after this that the state came up with the revised guidance value.
“We have already written to the state government seeking their permission to compensate owners of these properties as per the 2013 guidance value. We are hoping that the property owners will be happy with the decision,” the official said.
Credits Bangalore Mirror