Swathi Shivanand

Order came on July 3 for land acquisition for the first phase

BDA officer directed to take over notified lands

Phase II delayed because of concerns raised by officials

BANGALORE: It is a major infrastructure project, in the pipeline for a decade now. Embroiled in controversy and litigation, it has been pitched as a significant solution to reduce the number of vehicles passing through the city.

Yet, the final notification for acquisition of lands for the first phase of the Peripheral Ring Road was issued on July 3 without attracting any attention.

Interestingly, the Bangalore Development Authority, the implementing agency, or the Urban Development Department, which has issued the Government Order, has not published the information on their official websites.

As much as 1,810 acres and 18.5 guntas in Bangalore North, East and Anekal taluks have been notified for the first phase, which is 65 km long. Lands in 67 villages spread across Dasanapura, Yeshwanthpura, Hesarghatta, Yelahanka, K.R. Puram, Bidarahalli, Varthur, Sarjapur and Attibele hoblis, between Tumkur, Old Madras and Hosur roads will be acquired for this mega project.

The Special Land Acquisition Officer of the BDA has been directed to take over the notified lands. The Government Order, signed by M.S. Premachandra, Under Secretary to Government, Urban Development Department, also states that a plan of the lands is with the Special Land Acquisition Officer. “We are working on finalising compensation for those who are losing lands,” a top official of the BDA told The Hindu on Wednesday.

Delayed

Phase two of the Peripheral Ring Road, to be formed linking Kanakapura, Mysore and Magadi roads, has been delayed because of concerns raised by forest officials of the Bannerghatta National Park.

“The road passes at the edge of the national park. So forest officials had raised concerns about it. Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy had a meeting recently with the officials to discuss this. Once it is sorted out, we will decide the alignment for the second phase,” the official said.

The BDA has been in a fix over this issue because if it changed the alignment to accommodate the forest officials’ concerns, it would affect the Weavers’ Colony which houses nearly 400 families.

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