NGT holds housing project in Lalbagh, Bangalore

A high profile project set in Lalbagh and promising a state-of-the-art living experience seems to have hit a roadblock after the BBMP rejected a proposal to amalgamate the khata of properties. The three-tower project included two 20-floor blocks.

The project, still in its nascent stage, was planned at Lalbagh Siddapura, and had been hailed as one of the city’s most sought-after residential projects. However, the BBMP’s ‘no’ to amalgamate the said land comes as a big blow, as now the parcels of land required to create the sprawling campus can’t be brought together.

With the order, this becomes one of the first big-ticket projects in the city to fall to the recent NGT (National Green Tribunal) order on buffer zones for waterbodies. The order calls for buffer zones: 50 meters from the edge of primary canals, 35 meters from secondary canals and 25 meters from tertiary canals of Rajakaluves.

Based on this decision, the BBMP has denied the amalgamation of the land meant for the project in Lalbagh Siddapura. The project was to have an approach from 5th Main between Ashoka pillar and Madhavan Park, and had made buzz for its proximity to Lalbagh and Jayanagar.

“A permission to amalgamate these properties had been sought. The file — seeking amalgamation of khatas barring Storm Water Drain (SWD) part — had been put up before the brass seeking their opinion. There is a water canal, as per the note by special commissioner (projects) dated 05 05 2016 and as per the National Green Tribunal order, the buffer zone has to be maintained and no construction is allowed in this zone. Based on the chief engineer’s and legal opinion khatas can’t be amalgamated, you are hereby directed that your requisition can’t be considered,” assistant revenue officer, Hombegowda Nagar, sub-division said in his order on July 2.

This, sources in the BBMP said, was a huge setback for the mega project. The amalgamation had been sought by three land owners of survey no 181 (measuring 7,443 sq ft), survey no.182 (measuring 6,560 sq ft), 14/01 (62,421 sq ft), 14/02 (29,577 sq ft), 14/3 (4,818 sq ft) and no 173 measuring (21,823 sq ft) – all at Lalbagh Siddapura, measuring in total about 1,32,642 sq ft.

Sources said the project had envisaged three buildings and a club house. While tower 1 was supposed to have a two-level basement, a ground floor and 19 floors, the club house was meant to have a two-level basement, a ground floor and two floors. Building 1 tower 2 was planned to have a two-level basement, ground floor and 19 floors.

Building 2 was planned to have a two-level basement, ground floor and 17 floors. “The promoter has few options left, as what had been planned will not happen now. The NGT order is being implemented strictly across state departments. The aggrieved can either move the HC or change the plan. But what had been planned won’t work anymore,” a senior officer said.

Prestige Southcity Holdings has a holding of 7443 sq ft (survey no.181) and is one of the owners of lands whose survey nos have been mentioned in the requisition to BBMP Assistant Revenue Officer (ARO) seeking amalgamation of properties at Lalbagh Siddapura. A permission has been sought on a letter bearing the Prestige Group name too. The ARO’s reply too has been marked to Prestige Southcity Holdings. However, chairman and managing director of the Prestige Group, Irfan Razack, preferred not to comment on the issue. He maintained that they were yet to receive any order or communique.

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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