Thursday, June 10, 2010

Complex way to change Kalasipalya

Complex way to change Kalasipalya
G Manjusainath, Bangalore, June 9, DHNS:

Every Bangalorean who has been to the chaotic Kalasipalya private bus stand area ought to heave a big sigh of relief, if this project becomes a reality. The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has assigned the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) to build a huge complex at the spot, and as expected, caused a flutter among the shopkeepers there.

This ambitious project is the biggest among the 12 new markets proposed for the City. But until this comes up, people would have to endure the chaos and mess created by the private and KSRTC buses parked here. The site turns into a virtual hell during rainy season with mud from the bus stand spilling over everywhere, making the road slippery and causing accidents.

The proposed new complex is expected to come up in an area of around 5 acres or 20,777 square metres at an estimated cost of Rs 222 crores. For the money-starved BBMP, the good news is that BMTC will take up the construction.

‘Pride of Bangalore’

“It would be a mega structure with all amenities. We hope it would become the ‘Pride of Bangalore’. The building will not merely be a bus stand but will also have a shopping complex,” explained a BBMP officer. The Palike officials will sit with BMTC authorities to select a plan and decide on other modalities of the project.

Despite its obvious benefits, the project has become a cause of worry for the shopkeepers on the narrow stretch of Kalasipalya. Their main concern is that the project would push BBMP to take up the long-pending road widening project in the area. Once the Palike goes ahead with the plan to widen the road from the existing 40 feet to 80 feet, they are sure they would have to give up their properties.

Yet, even these traders are sure the new project would give them a respite from the dust, dirt and regular traffic jam, although they fear this would also snatch the livelihood of many people.

A local resident, Ahmed Ali said there are around 150 small shops on both sides of the Kalasipalya road connecting it with Kanakapura Road. “These shops are too small in size and if they are gone, people will come on the streets. The BBMP should ensure that losers of private property should get space in that complex,” said Ahmed Ali.

For the record, the Palike had carried out a demolition drive around a year ago to vacate many of the shops on its land.

NOTE:

BDA will build four shopping complexs in the city, while BMTC will construct the Kalasipalya complex.

PROJECTS:

Malleshwaram Complex, Sampige Road:
At a cost of Rs. 76,3 crore, this Complex will be built by BDA in 1.64 acres. The structure will be a multi-utility commercial complex.

Seshadripuram Complex:
To be built by BDA, this project will cover 4096 Sq mtrs at a cost of Rs 41 crore. Amenities include shops and cellar parking.

KR Puram Market Complex:
Spread over 4.27 acres, this complex will cost Rs. 172.86 crore to build for the BDA. The structure will have a multi-storeyed commercial complex and parking.

Kalasipalya Complex:
The 5.27 acre complex will be built by BMTC at an estimated cost of Rs. 222 crore. This will be the biggest of the 12 complexes.

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