The Karnataka High Court on Monday directed Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) to pay a land owner penalty of Rs. 25,000 per month from August 2013 to February 2014. BMRCL has been given the direction for having caused the land owner inconvenience and for not following the required procedure while acquiring his property for the Namma Metro project.

Justice Anand Byrareddy passed the order on a petition filed G.M. Babu, who owns a property near Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Ltd. near Yeshwanthpur.

The petitioner claimed that the structures in his property wherein he runs a showroom-cum-workshop in the name of Sudarshan Automobiles were demolished and the authorities took possession of it within a day after the Supreme Court on May 8 ruled in favour of the BMRCL on land acquisition issue. He complained that the BMRCL had not given him 30 days as per the law before taking possession of his property and failed to provide him access to the remaining portion of his property.

BMRCL has been directed to will have to continue paying the penalty even beyond this amount if they fail to provide access to his property beyond February 2014 if it fails to give access to Mr. Babu to his property, the court added.