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Yeddyurappa asks authorities to come up with a plan to develop the road

Shopkeepers call decision on compensation ‘arbitrary’ and ‘one-sided’

Each property owner must be paid a minimum of Rs. 2 lakh, they say

SHIMOGA: The Government has offered to pay the compensation to shop owners on B.H. Road, who suffered loss when their properties were demolished for widening the road, on the basis of the norms followed while paying the compensation in Udupi when road widening was taken up there.

This was one of the assurances reportedly given by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa while addressing a high-level meeting convened in Bangalore on Friday to discuss problems arising out of demolition on B.H. Road.

The options were reportedly made at the meeting for the payment for the one meter on either side of the road at the rate fixed by the Sub-Registrar’s Office or raising the Floor Area Ratio to 1:2 allowing the construction of the multi-storeyed shops in the remaining area. The Chief Minister suggested to the authorities to prepare the plan to develop the B.H. Road.

Meanwhile, the B.H. Road Shopkeepers’ and Shop Owners’ Welfare Association has termed the decisions with regard to the payment of compensation taken at the high-level meeting as “arbitrary” and “one-sided”.

They said that the meeting did not consider their demand of payment of compensation of Rs. 2-5 lakh to each building owner. .

He said that the meeting was a mere “eye wash”.