If anything, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is known for poor planning before execution of a project and the signal-free corridor from ASC Centre to Hope Farm junction is one of the best examples of this. A good three years into its implementation, the civic body has realised that it is not able to construct three-grade separator underpasses necessary to make the corridor really signal-free. The civic agency requires around 27,750 sq ft land for the execution of the grade separators. It has to buy land from private landowners in the area for the project it claims is 70 per cent completed.
Of the three grade separators, BBMP is not able to claim properties near the Kundalahalli junction as the owners have refused to execute the TDR (transfer of developmental rights). Acquiring land for the other two grade separators, the Wind Tunnel junction (ISRO) and Namjoshi junction (Yamalur) is not posing any issues as most of it is government properties. At the Kundalahalli junction, the government guidance value price is around Rs 5,500; whereas near Hope Farm junction, it is around Rs 4,440. Property owners are demanding Rs 15,000 and Rs 12,000 per sq ft, respectively for these lands. The BBMP is offering them Rs 9,000 per sq ft.
Of the present situation, a BBMP engineer said: “As we have already executed around 70 per cent of the signal-free corridor project, we have no option but to buy the property to complete the project. Until the underpass is built at the Kundalahalli junction, the project will remain incomplete. Pre-cast elements for the underpass are ready. All we need to do is to buy the required land and complete the project.” The required land will be bought under the Karnataka Municipal Act 1976, Section 175, which empowers the BBMP commissioner to acquire property in public interest. The decision to begin the procedure was taken in a meeting chaired by the chief secretary.
The BBMP has to pay compensation of Rs 24.975 crore to buy the 27,750 sq ft land. The said land will be registered in the Varthur sub-registrar’s office after paying the compensation amount, an engineer who is executing the project for the past several years, revealed. It may be recalled that Bangalore Mirror had first reported the project through ‘Road to Whitefield likely to get better. And this is no joke’ on Jun 24, earlier this year.
Credits Bangalore Mirror