Road-widening to be taken up in Bijapur as per the master plan
Members of the Bijapur Rakshana Vedike, led by the former Union Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader Basangouda Patil Yatnal, on Monday took out a procession and staged a dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner's office demanding “suitable” compensation for those who will lose their shops and houses in the road-widening being taken up as per the master plan.
The protesters gathered outside the Sri Siddeshwar temple and took out the procession through the main roads of the city.
They raised slogans against the district administration and the elected representatives for issuing notice to shopkeepers to implement the master plan.
The protesters alleged that though the district administration decided to implement the master plan, the people had not been informed as to when the work would start and whether compensation would be given to those who would lose their property.
They demanded that compensation be given to shopkeepers and house owners before implementing the master plan and that it should be five times more than the market value of the property.
Addressing the protesters, Mr. Yatnal appealed to the district administration, city municipal council and officials of the Archaeological Survey of India to create awareness among the people on the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act before issuing notice.
‘Lot of confusion'
He stated that there was confusion among owners of residential and commercial properties located near monuments. As per the Act, there should not be any construction or alteration of structures in a 100-to 200-m radius. But most of these properties had been leased out or sold by the CMC.
Now, the CMC was issuing notice to owners of such properties to cooperate with the authorities in implementing the master plan and the Act.
He demanded that the authorities convene a meeting of property owners and elicit their views.
The protesters submitted a memorandum to in-charge Deputy Commissioner G.S. Jiddimani and warned that they would intensify their agitation if the authorities failed to take steps in this regard.