Tuesday, October 13, 2009

12-km stretch of Ring Road to be widened for mutation corridor

12-km stretch of Ring Road to be widened for mutation corridor

T.S. Ranganna
BBMP will issue notifications to purchase land for the project soon
The mutation corridor will link Magadi Road with Mysore Road

Those losing land will be issued Transfer of Development Rights

BANGALORE: The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has embarked upon a project to widen a 12-km stretch of the Ring Road, from Unani Hospital on Magadi Road to Mysore Road Junction at Kengeri, to facilitate building a 150-ft mutation corridor to link the two State highways. The BBMP will soon issue notifications to purchase land for the project.

Residents and shop-owners on the Ring Road, who were surprised by the markings made on their building walls, are now under the imminent threat of being thrown out of their property. The former president of the then Rajarajeswari Nagar City Municipal Council, Hanumantharayappa, alleges that the decision to convert the 80-ft road into a mutation corridor was taken after the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) issued the notification for widening 512 km of roads in the city in 2007.

According to a senior official of the BBMP — the licensing authority for acquiring property — those who stand to lose residential sites/buildings will be issued Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) which gives them saleable rights to property or property development in other parts of the city. If the TDR, which is voluntary, does not work, the official said that the BBMP would pay guidance value and acquire the property.

At present, a mutation corridor (Outer Ring Road) is under construction between Nayandahalli on Mysore Road up to Tumkur Road via Sumanahalli Junction on Magadi Road.

Another corridor linking Magadi Road and Mysore Road will be developed, according to the Disbursement of Traffic Management assessment done by the BDA.

However, N. Muninanjappa Reddy, president of the Kengeri Residents’ Welfare Association, said there were four parallel roads within a distance of one-and-half-km linking the highways. With the completion of the corridor, which passes through Sumanahalli and links Nayandahalli on Mysore Road, in a few months, there would hardly be any vehicular traffic on the other mutation corridor.

The former president of the then Kengeri Town Municipal Council, A. Manjunath, said that people had built complexes and houses on the many sites auctioned by the BDA. In fact, the site owners were waiting for the completion of construction of the existing 80-ft Ring Road along with storm-water drains, he added.

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