The Karnataka High Court on Thursday quashed the notification issued by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to acquire an additional 372 acres for the peripheral ring road (PRR) project.
“The purpose for which the preliminary notification as proposed by BDA appears to be one even beyond the competence of the State Government, leave alone that of BDA,” observed Justice D.V. Shylendra Kumar, setting aside the August 27, 2010 notification. The court passed the order on petitions filed by Gowramma and others who said the BDA is seeking additional land without a proper plan.
“The BDA claims it has realised some ‘ground realities' in 2010 and issued this notification… which is at variance with the original scheme. This action reflects that there is total lack of professionalism on the part of the BDA with regard to the scheme. The realignment is amateurish and the outsourcing process (for preparing feasibility study) shows that it [BDA] is professionally incompetent,” the court observed.
‘Stick to layouts'
The court also advised the BDA to confine itself to forming additional layouts as projects like roads, highways and peripheral ring roads are best left to professional authorities like the National Highways Authority of India.
The BDA had already acquired about 3,600 acres of land for the 100-metre wide PRR around Bangalore.