Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Bruhut Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) got a reprieve when the Karnataka High Court allowed its application to take up construction of a metalled road on the Madivala tank bund.

A Division Bench headed by Justice Deepak Verma passed the order on an application by the BBMP seeking permission of the court to go ahead with the road project.

In its application, the BBMP said the Bannerghatta Road had become very congested and that it could not be widened any further.

It said if the court permitted, a metalled road on the tank bund of Madivala tank, could provide an alternative to the heavy traffic on Bannerghatta Road.

It said the permission of the court is necessary as the High Court had in a public interest litigation (PIL) petition passed orders on protecting water bodies in and around Bangalore.

It clarified that it is not encroaching on the Madivala tank.

Trust moves court

An educational trust running several institutions has petitioned the acquisition of its land by the authorities for the construction of the Bangalore-Mysore Expressway project by the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE).

In its petition, the Bheemasandra Education Trust said it is running two primary schools, one BSc (nursing) college and a general hostel on Kanakapura Main Road, Bangalore. It said it wanted to establish an Ayurvedic Medical College, Hospital and Research Institute of Ayurvedic and Allopathic Medicine and Pharmacy at Kengeri.

It said it had identified 2.25 acres of land near Kengeri on Bangalore-Mysore road for setting up the hospital.

Since the land came near the expressway project, it had asked the sellers to obtain clearance from the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project (BMICP).

The BMICP, the trust said, only wanted 30 guntas of the 4.8 acres in survey No. 225 for the expressway project.

The trust said the Government, on September 17, 2002, approved the sale of land to it.

However, in 2004 the Land Acquisition Officer, of the BMICP, sent a notice saying that 1.14 acres in survey no. 225 was needed for the expressway.

The trust urged the Hihg Court to stay all further proceedings following the notification of acquisition of its lands.