Staff Correspondent

They will be developed in Lal Bahadur Shastri Nagar and Shantaveri Gopalagowda Nagar

  • Distribution will start in a fortnight
  • Novel plan to tackle competition from private developers

    MYSORE: There is heartening news for those awaiting allotment of sites from the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA). The MUDA has announced that it will distribute 4,500 sites on the basis of seniority at Lal Bahadur Shastri Nagar and Shantaveri Gopalagowda Nagar shortly. A five-member committee comprising Commissioners of MUDA and Mysore City Corporation (MCC) has been constituted to oversee site distribution, which will begin in a fortnight.

    A decision in this regard was taken at the monthly meeting of MUDA, which was presided over by MUDA Chairman and Deputy Commissioner S. Selva Kumar here on Tuesday.

    Speaking to presspersons after the meeting, Mr. Kumar said a stay was brought from the Karnataka High Court against distribution of sites citing inadequate development of the two layouts. But with vacation of the stay, MUDA had decided to distribute sites by the end of March or in the first week of April.

    3,000 acres acquired

    Mr. Kumar said 3,000 acres, including 500 acres of land in R.T. Nagar, had been acquired at Palahalli, Yadahalli, Chikkahalli, Yandahalli, and Uttanahalli. There was a proposal to develop more than 30,000 sites, he added.

    According to MUDA sources, most of the site applicants are from Bangalore. Over 1.5 lakh applications seeking sites had been pending before the MUDA since past three years.

    Novel plan

    To tackle competition from private developers, the MUDA has come up with a novel plan for those who sell land to developing new layouts. According to the plan, landowners are entitled to get 7,200 sq ft. to 7,800 sq ft. of developed land from MUDA if they sell their land for layouts to MUDA. Instead of compensation, they would get developed land (depending on the extent of land sold) in which they can develop three sites of 60 x 40 dimension each.

    The sources said the State Government gave compensation between Rs. 6.5 lakh and Rs. 7 lakh an acre to land losers, but private developers pay a higher compensation of Rs. 25 lakh an acre. Landowners, mainly farmers, are overwhelmed with this scheme and many of them are volunteering to sell their land.

    The MUDA has agreed to sanction Rs. 7 lakh for a project to fill water from Vani Vilas Waterworks (VVWW) to Kukkarahalli Lake, where water the level is depleting in the absence of flow of fresh water owing to encroachment of feeder channels. The MCC has also agreed to release Rs. 10 lakh for the project .

    The meeting was informed that the second stage of Melapura project would be commissioned by March-end and MUDA had agreed to release funds for completing the works. The project to replace worn-out pumps and damaged pipelines at Hongalli and Belagola pumping stations has been approved. The MUDA has agreed to fund 50 per cent of the project cost which is about Rs 5.5 crore.

    The MUDA Commissioner H.S. Ashokananda, MLAs Tanveer Sait, H.S. Shankaralinge Gowda, M. K. Somashekar; MLCs D. Made Gowda, Maritebbe Gowda, Chikkamadu and officials attended the meeting.