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Sparking a ROW? The stretch of road from Gandhi Square to Sayyaji Rao Road has been brought within the boundary of the commercial complex proposed to come up at Makkaji Chowk in Mysore.
Sparking a ROW? The stretch of road from Gandhi Square to Sayyaji Rao Road has been brought within the boundary of the commercial complex proposed to come up at Makkaji Chowk in Mysore.

Staff Correspondent

Public road handed over for construction of the complex in violation of law, says vedike

‘Blocking of road will cause lot of inconvenience’

‘The stretch was not included in the site’s boundary

MYSORE: The Mysore City Corporation (MCC) has handed over a stretch of road connecting Sayyaji Rao Road and Gandhi Square for construction of the commercial complex at Makkaji Chowk, allegedly throwing to the winds all rules and regulations.

The proposal to construct the complex under the Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) agreement with a private party had attracted criticism on a host of grounds including corruption and terms of the contract being favourable to the private party.

Mysore Jagruthi Nagarika Vedike, a city-based citizen’s welfare organisation, has procured a copy of an agreement reached upon between the MCC and the builder, Ms Maverick Holdings and Investments Private Limited, that states that the stretch of road connecting Sayyaji Rao Road and Gandhi Square will now form part of the site on which the complex will come up.

According to the agreement dated May 25, 2006, signed by the then Commissioner K.N. Chandrashekar, the site is abutted by roads along three sides — Albert Victor Road is to the south, Sayyaji Rao Road to the west and a semi-circular road between VV building and the site is to the south-west.

“The road to the north connects Gandhi Square Circle to Sayyaji Rao Road. The stretch connecting to the Sayyaji Rao Road now forms part of the site. Therefore, people/vehicles coming from Gandhi Circle towards Sayyaji Rao Road will have to compulsorily take a right turn at Olympia theatre to reach Sayyaji Rao Road,” the agreement says.

The vedike, whose members had obtained a copy of the agreement from the MCC by making an application under the Right To Information (RTI) Act, have urged the corporation to wake up to the “violation of law,” and immediately take steps to modify the agreement.

Hardships

Vedike president M.A. Mohan and secretary Premkumar told The Hindu that the thousands of people who use the stretch of road from Sayyaji Rao Road to Gandhi Square every day would be put to a lot of inconvenience if the road was blocked and the area handed over for construction of the commercial complex.

Mr. Mohan said that if the roads mentioned in the Revised Comprehensive Development Plan (RCDP) were not retained as they were, it would amount to a serious violation of the RCDP Act.

Also, the move to hand over a portion of road used by the public for construction of a complex was in contravention of Section 267 of the Karnataka State Municipal Corporations Act, he said.

Mr. Mohan alleged that at the time of obtaining permission from the Government for construction of the complex, the MCC had not brought the stretch of public road under the site.

In its letter seeking permission for the project sent in December 2004, the MCC had not included the stretch of road in the boundary of the project’s site, he said.

Movie theatres

Mr. Mohan said that the vedike had filed objections to the proposal to construct three movie theatres in the commercial complex that will be spread across 2.68 acres of land.

Several other theatres, shops and commercial establishments were located in the vicinity.

The opening of three more theatres would only add to the high density of traffic in the heart of the city, Mr. Mohan said.

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