T.V. Sivanandan

Kumaraswamy to lay foundation stone for the 150-acre project on Sunday

The project on Gulbarga-Afzalpur road to have 1,538 sites of various dimensions Work on the Rs. 42.84-crore project to be completed in 18 months

GULBARGA: The Karnataka Housing Board (KHB) has chalked out a housing project to cater to the needs of all sections of society here on 150 acres of land.

Sources in the board told The Hindu on Friday that the project would have 1,538 sites of various dimensions. It would have internal roads, water supply and sewerage lines, electricity and telephone services, space for commercial activities, community centres, nursery and primary schools, health care units, postal service, banks, gardens and parks. The project was on Gulbarga-Afzalpur highway where the proposed High Court complex would come up.

The project site is close to the city central bus stand and is 5 km from the Super Market and the railway station. Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy will lay the foundation stone for the project on Sunday. The board has taken up the project at a cost of Rs. 42.84 crore.

The sources said that the project would be completed within 18 months.

The land where the housing project will come up was acquired for the airport project some time ago. However, the airport project was shifted to another location on Gulbarga-Sedam State highway after the Airports Authority of India rejected the proposal on the plea that the land acquired was not sufficient. Later, the S.M. Krishna Government handed over the land to the board for its housing project.

However, there was some delay in formulating plans for the proposed housing project. Later, the Government decided to establish a building to house the circuit Bench of the High Court and allotted 55.10 acres from the board-owned 214.06 acres of land that had been earmarked for the airport. Of the total land, 4.17 acres was sanctioned to the air signalling station operating in the area and five acres for Mysore Minerals Ltd.

According to the plans of the board, of the 150 acres, 46.54 per cent would form residential area, 3.49 per cent will be reserved for commercial purposes, 3.3 per cent for civic amenities, 31.51 per cent for roads and other infrastructure, and 15.16 per cent for parks and open spaces.