Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Arkavathy: Permanent structures to remain


10,000 applicants to get sites in I phase

Permanent structures especially of the poor will be spared from demolition in the acquired land.

Deccan Herald

Chief Minister N Dharam Singh revealed to the Assembly on Tuesday that the government had earlier planned to take up allocation of 10,000 sites, out of the total 20,000 sites to be distributed in the proposed Arkavathy Layout, in the first phase.

Replying to the Leader of the Opposition in Legislative Assembly B S Yediyurappa and BJP member P C Mohan during question hour, the chief minister said even the names of allottees had been finalised for 10,000 sites. However, the Karnataka High Court had struck down such plans. The government had planned to allocate 10,000 sites in the first phase as the Bangalore Development Authority had acquired only 1,224 acres of land out of the total 2,750 acres of required land.

Sites after HC ruling
The case regarding the land acquisition was coming up for hearing before the Court on January 27. Depending upon the outcome of the case, allocation of sites would be taken up, the CM said. He assured the members that the government was committed to allocate all the 20,000 sites as promised by the government.
He said following litigations, the land acquisition process had become a difficult task. However, the government would try to find a way out to ensure that all the 20,000 sites were distributed to the applicants who numbered around 2.35 lakh.

Buildings to remain
The chief minister also assured the House that no permanent structures, especially those belonging to poor people, would be cleared to make way for the proposed Arkavathy Layout.

Pointing out that several buildings were existing on the land proposed to be taken over for converting into sites, he said out of humanitarian consideration the government had decided not to clear permanent structures belonging to poor people. The CM also assured Congress member V Somanna of inspecting the Rajajinagar grade separator works to know the reasons for its delay.


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