Friday, June 25, 2010

‘12 more acres of UAS land required to complete road’

‘12 more acres of UAS land required to complete road’
Bangalore, June 23, DHNS

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has submitted to the High Court that it requires an additional 12 acres of land in University of Agriculture Sciences (UAS) campus to complete the road connecting Yeshwanthapur to Yelahanka.

Submitting the status report on the link road, the BBMP has stated that the road has been completed up to Canara Bank Layout by utilising 24 acres of land in the campus. But it required an additional 12 acres to connect National Highway number 7 from Canara Bank Layout via GKVK and L&T gate.

Original plan

As per the original plan, the varsity authority had agreed to hand over 12 acres to BBMP to build the road as per the original CDP plan. BBMP has completed the road from Chikkabettahalli, Vidhyaranyapura, Thindlu and Canara Bank Layout.

“The road is opened for public use,” the Palike informed the court.

K N Puttegowda, Counsel for the BBMP said: "After the University objected to the link road passing through the middle of the campus, the BBMP has constructed the road along the edge of the campus. Due to this zig-zag formation of the road we need more land to complete the same,” he argued.

“If the road had divided the campus in the middle there was no need of additional land," he added.

Will affect biodivesity

Earlier, Dr P K Shetty, Professor and Dean of National Institute of Advanced Studies, in his report submitted to the Court on April 12, 2010, had stated that the formation of the link road would affect the biodiversity in the long term.

Former vice-chancellors of the UAS had filed a public interest litigation challenging the
formation of the link road in the middle of the campus.

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