Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Police will also lose prime land

Police will also lose prime land
Metro Takes Over BRV Parade Grounds | Where Will Property Parades Be Held?
A T Subrahmanya | TNN

Bangalore: Even as the Karnataka State Cricket Association is unhappy over Bangalore Metro cutting into Chinnaswamy cricket stadium, another silent spectator is losing land to the project.
The Bangalore police will no longer be able to hold functions or display stolen vehicles at BRV Parade Grounds. The Metro rail will curve from Anil Kumble Circle on MG Road, and pass through the state police wireless headquarters and the parade ground.
The ground is set to be the integration point for the proposed High-Speed Rail Link to BIA, and will have a check-in point too. The government has already handed over the land to BMRC.
The ground, opposite the erstwhile BRV (Bangalore Rifle Volunteers) theatre which is a military canteen now, has been a preferred location for the police to hold weekly parades and functions. The venue was also used for property parades, to showcase stolen vehicles and other recovered properties.
Karnataka State Wireless Headquarters, situated at the corner of Anil Kumble Circle on MG Road where the Metro begins to curve, has also been partially affected. One-third of its land has already been given for the project. Two piers will come up there. One of these has already been constructed at what used to be a parking lot on the premises.
‘THERE’S NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST’
ADGP (telecommunication, transport and modernization) M K Srivastava, whose office is located in the headquarters, told TOI: “There is no conflict as it is a government order and we have already provided the land. Work is on for almost two years now and we hope it is completed in time.”
BMRC spokesperson Yeshwanth Chavan said: “The government has already sanctioned the land to BMRC and underground work is slated to start from September-end or the first week of October.”
ALTERNATIVES AVAILABLE
Additional commissioner of police (traffic) Praveen Sood said: “The department has handed over land to BMRC as per the government order. Though we have not decided on it yet, there are alternative grounds to hold our weekly parades or functions.”
DID YOU KNOW?
... That the police parade grounds was the location of an amusement park — Hollywood City — during World War II? ... The ground was also part of the famous Rotten Row, a bridled path where people enjoyed walks

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