KTPO unwilling to give land to Namma Metro

Article from Bangalore Mirror

KTPO is expected to part with just 5% max of its property

The state-owned Karnataka Trade Promotions Organisation (KTPO) has petitioned the state government to prevail on the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) not to demand 6,704 sq m of its 50-acre property on the proposed Byapanahlli-Whitefield route.

All it needs to part with is, even by its own estimate, about 5% of its property. What is unfathomable is the property belongs to a government agency and that too for a crucial infrastructure project, but the resistance seems akin to that of a private residential or commercial property owner.

BMRCL is proposing to build a power supply station for feeding the Metro line. The KTPO, which promotes international and domestic trade fairs in its premises, wants Metro authorities to consider shifting its plans to the road median…for the power supply station which, the BMRCL says, is an impossibility.

The contention of the KTPO is that even though BMRCL has notified property measuring 6740 sq m (3.5% of its total land), it may end up in losing total 9,700 sq m (5% of the total land). Managing director of KTPO, Rangaramu J, said, “There is no clarity on what is going to come up in the land identified. If huge structures for a power station are built, we feel remaining land would be unusable. We could stand to lose 2.5 acre of our land. The handing over of the land will also affect prospects of any expansion in the coming years.”

The 15-km stretch from Baiayappanahalli to Whitefield is the first metro link that will connect an IT corridor. BMRCL has been receiving stiff resistance from the private entities on acquiring properties for metro in the region; however, KTPO is the only government body en route to oppose acquisition.
Ragaramu said, “This is not the first time we are opposing the move. We had raised objections since the inception of the project in the area. However, we did not receive any convincing answer. Now, as per the direction of our chairperson, we have written to the state government. We will soon meet the MD of BMRCL to discuss the issue. What we are saying that in this particular stretch metro elevated construction could go on the median of the road. If the BMRCL gets convinced with our stand it is a welcome move. If it does not, we may have to part with our land.”
However, the BMRCL has stuck to its earlier stand that it is extremely necessary to acquire the land and no substitute plot is available for it. An official, on condition of anonymity, said, “The KTPO has been opposing the acquisition for a long time. The land is notified to build a power supply station and we cannot build it on the median of the road. We have given the reply in the past that it is inevitable and we need the land for public good. We will maintain the same stand when they come to us meet next time.” The official said that joint survey of the property is already over and monetary compensation for the property is the only pending issue.

It can be recalled that BMRCL’s managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola had promised industry bodies in Whitefield that by January 2016 the process of distribution of compensation money towards acquired land will start and by June the construction work itself. KTPO has export promotion industrial park in the Whitefield built in area of 50 acres of land. It has built an air-conditioned exhibition hall of 5,371 sq m and 11 open-air exhibition halls — each of 38 sq m — in addition to various other amenities; its parking lot is 12 acres.
We could be losing around two-and-half acres of land. If huge structures are built, the remaining land might be unusable for us. It will also affect our expansion plans in coming years. Now as per the direction of our chairperson, we have written to the state government. — Rangaramu J managing director, KTPO

​We want to build a power supply station on the identified land. This cannot be built on the median of the road. KTPO has opposed this earlier as well. But we need the land for improving public infrastructure. We will stick to our stand. — A BMRCL official

* Majority of acquired lands were on MG Road to Baiyappanahalli (176 properties), Magadi Road to Nayandahalli (344 properties) and Swastik to Nagasandra (402 properties) stretches

* The BMRCL had acquired lands of both central and state government properties of over 5.27 lakh sq m, over 1 lakh sq m of residential spaces, defence land of over 4.11 lakh sq m among others

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