Thursday, February 18, 2010

BBMP seeks 43 acres of Defence land

BBMP seeks 43 acres of Defence land
Bangalore, Feb 17, DH News Service:

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has embarked on an ambitious project of widening the roads in the City.

For the implementation of this project, the BBMP requires a minimum of 43 acres of land in the City, according to the sources. And almost all of this land identified by the BBMP for this project, lies in the jurisdiction of the Defence establishment.

It is learnt that a Government Sub-committee is now liaising with the Defence establishment for letting go of the 40 acres from their land bank towards the road-widening projects.

At a recent meeting between Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and the parties concerned, the matter was raised by the BBMP.

“The Defence personnel are demanding that they be allotted the same amount of land measuring 40 acres in other parts of the City limits for their use,” said a Palike official.
This apart, the BBMP has requested the Defence establishments to part with another 40 acres in the City for the slums which have cropped up in Bangalore.

“Slums have also come up in the Defence land in certain locations. We have asked the Defence personnel to let go of the land in the interest of the people living in that area,” said the official.

In all, the BBMP has stated that a minimum of 80 acres of land will be required as soon as possible. “We are hoping that by the time we (BBMP) complete the process of clearing our side of the land for road-widening, the Defence personnel will have amicably solved the issue with the Government,” the official hoped.

The TDR melee

Meanwhile, the BBMP Commissioner has written a letter requesting the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to reserve land for those who will lose their land due to the road-widening projects in the City.

“A general letter requesting the BDA to provide land in the newly-developed layouts for various resettlement cases including for those under the SC/ST quota, garbage segregation programmes and others be made available to us (BBMP),” said a BBMP official.

Oral request

According to Palike officials, the road-widening projects have been seeing some resistance to Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) which has forced the BBMP chief to voice an oral request to the BDA Commissioner, Siddaiah in this regard.

“We are also seeing people who are moving the court for loss of property, coming back with directions on allotment of an alternate site for their losses. The land request can be helpful in such cases too,” said the official.

The The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has asked the Bangalore Development Authority to provide certain space in each of their newly-developed layouts upto the tune of 50 acres, for garbage segregation programme, alternate sites and sites for the SC/ST people.


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