Namma metro expansion leaves some land losers unhappy

From ET Realty

BENGALURU: In the second week of January, BR Seethramaiah, 65, walked into the BMRC office to meet an official dealing with the Namma Metro land acquisition. Officials said a final notification has been issued to the tenants of the property owned by Seetharamaiah, which has been earmarked for acquisition. But Seetharamaiah said he has neither received a notification letter nor a compensation cheque.

“The address is wrong. My property is in Narayanapura and not Mahadevapura as these officials have recorded it as. Now they claim the compensation cheque was sent to this address and has come back. It is the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB), tasked with land acquisition, which is to blame,” he rued.

Seetharamaiah is among the few cases in which confusion has cropped up as far as land acquisition for the 72-km network of Metro’s Phase II is concerned. Though ionic buildings, colleges and tech parks falling in the route will shrink in size some are not too upbeat about it BMRC is not facing any opposition from land losers.

RV College of Engineering has shifted its canteen but it is saved its cricket ground. MK Panduranga Shetty, president of RV Group of educational institutions, said, “In the larger interest of students’ convenience, staff and the public, Metro is a need. It will cut travel time and make the commute easier. But we did lose precious land, trees and had to shift the canteen. We had requested BMRC to spare the cricket ground and in exchange take land from the other side of the frontal part of the campus. They obliged.” RVCE has given away 20,000 sq mt of land from its 54-acre campus for a station to come up right in front of the college and is expecting Rs 12 crore as compensation.

Bangalore University too is slated to lose a portion of land at the campus entrance. BMRC has already begun work on razing down 50-odd properties along Mysuru Road to begin the construction of a 6 km Metro line between Nayandahalli and Kengeri.

SAP Labs in Whitefield is among the few industrial lands to be acquired. BMRC officials said the portion which will be acquired includes a 2000 sqmt space in the landscape area of the campus, security entrance and a waste processing unit. The IT major, though, cherishes this strip. The reason: Eminent personalities, including former president APJ Abdul Kalam had planted saplings in the landscape area, sources in the company told media.

The Karnataka Trade Promotions Organization (KTPO) Convention Centre besides the SAP Labs campus will house a power station for BMRC. For this, the authority has earmarked 6000 sq mt for acquisition. Channappa Goudar, land acquisition officer in BMRC, sees no hurdle in getting the land from KTPO. The KTPO campus where events are held is spread over 50 acres in the heart of Whitefield.

There are many other industries in Whitefield which are parting with their properties and a few are shifting to Malur.

THE BREAK-UP

Phase II of Namma Metro will cover 72.09 km with 61 stations

4 extensions

* Byappanahalli to ITPL, Whitefield (extension east-west line)

* Mysuru Road terminal to Kengeri (east-west line) ??

* Hesaraghatta Cross to Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) on Tumkur Road (north-south line) ??

* Puttenahalli Cross to Anjanapura township, up to NICE crossing (north-south line)

New lines

* RV Road to Bommasandra- 16 stations

* Gottigere to Nagavara -18 stations

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