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Blog Entry# 1300222  
Posted: Dec 08 2014 (08:08)

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Dec 08 2014 (07:35)   Land acquisition process delaying Yelahanka bridge

rdb*^   124909 news posts
Entry# 1300222   News Entry# 204026         Tags   Past Edits
The owner of the contentious land is the brother-in-law of a former minister, and he has denied its ownership transfer
Arailway overbridge that is supposed to ease commuting woes of people in Yelahanka has not fulfilled that promise in three years.
Construction work has come to a standstill over the last year, and doesn't seem likely to make any progress for a long time to come. This, it has now been revealed, is because of faulty planning of BBMP and the executing agency, South Western Railway (SWR). The civic agency has been unable
to acquire around 7,500 sqft of land at the site of the project essential to its completion. Though complete by about 80 per cent, it requires this piece of land to ensure passage of vehicles over the bridge.
Officials working on this project claim that the officials who initially took up the project didn't acquire the required land for completion of the project, which is now delaying it. The project should have been taken up only after acquiring all land required for it, but the BBMP handed over only some of the land to the railways for them to begin the project. It ignored acquisition of the important piece of land, and this has now become the stumbling block in the completion of the project. A large part (5,456sqft) of the all-important land belongs to Sridhar Murthy, brother-in-law of former minister R Krishnappa, while another resident of the area, Harish owns the other part (2,078sqft). Former railway minister Sadananda Gowda had assigned January 2015 as the deadline for the railways to complete the project, but meeting that deadline is now a remote possibility. A railway official said, "The BBMP plays a major role in the completion of major projects, but this one has become critical. Completion of the Yelahanka road overbridge project now requires nearly Rs 30 crore and BBMP is delaying this payment. Moreover, the BBMP has to acquire the said land and hand it over to us for us to resume the construction. Since this has not happened, the completion has been affected." According to reliable sources, neither the railways nor the BBMP seem to be aware of the ownership of some land at the site on which piers were constructed by railway officials. The landowner Sridhar Murthy only later realised that the piers had come up on his land. He objected to the construction activities there and stopped the work. Yelahanka MLA SR Vishwanath told Bangalore Mirror that the work was in fact getting delayed because of land acquisition process. "The BBMP needs to acquire land for the ROB on the Yelahanka stretch, but work on the stretch towards Bengaluru is in progress. The owner of the land in question, Sridhar Murthy, has not agreed to the transfer of development rights (TDR) and is claiming a huge cash remedy, which the BBMP is not in a position to pay. We have sent a proposal of negotiation of the land price, which is pending with the BBMP commissioner. A decision will shortly be taken," he said. A source revealed that Murthy has asked the BBMP to provide cash compensation according to the new land acquisition act, which has not yet been implemented. But the commissioner is ready to exercise his power to acquire the land under the Karnataka Municipal Act 1976 section 175, which allows him to directly negotiate with the landowner to purchase land to be used for the benefit of the public.

Dec 08 2014 (08:08)
knkprasad956*^~   2099 blog posts
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This is an important link between YPR-YNK where Doubling work is in final stage of completion. Once the bridge is completed, SWR can take up RE work and see that DL is opened for traffic whcih saves time lost in crossing wait at YNK. BBMP is the most citizen unfreindly organisation of Bengaluru.
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