Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: Residents of Hosaline Road here on Monday appealed to the Deputy Commissioner not to demolish buildings to widen the road as the locality was more than 100 years old and the buildings were constructed about a century ago. The former Minister H.D. Revanna and MLA H.S. Prakash also discussed the matter with the official, Naveen Raj Singh.

Mr. Singh made it clear to the delegation that there was no proposal before the administration to demolish the buildings, but the road would have to be restored to its earlier dimension. As per revenue records, the road was 60 feet wide. Mr. Revanna, in turn, pacified the residents, assuring them that their buildings would not be demolished. This came as a relief to them as the administration recently cleared encroachments around Devikere and restored 2.25 acres of land valued at Rs. 300 crore to the Muzrai Department, which is the real owner.

The residents told the Deputy Commissioner that Hosaline Road was near the Hassanamba temple and that in those days, their ancestors had left 10 feet space in front of and behind their houses for resting purposes. Later, this vacant space was used by some to construct shops. The residents said these buildings were behind the drainage line laid by the City Municipal Council. After 1980, several extensions came up around Hosaline Road and hence there were frequent traffic jams. They urged the administration to think in terms of a ring road through which traffic could be diverted, thus leaving their area untouched.