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MUDA may seek govt.’s advice on Ballahalli project

MUDA has proposed to develop five to six layouts in the years ahead in Mysuru.

MUDA has proposed to develop five to six layouts in the years ahead in Mysuru.   | Photo Credit: M.A. SRIRAM

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Continued failure of its efforts to convince farmers may force its hand; compensation sought considered too high

Will the mega residential township with about 6,155 sites that the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) has proposed to develop on about 381 acres at Ballahalli become a reality?

This question has become relevant in the wake of continued opposition to the project by the landowners who have sought higher compensation for parting with their fertile lands. In all probability, the MUDA is unlikely to consider their demand.

With farmers firm in their stand – either give ₹1.50 crore as compensation for an acre or drop the project itself, the MUDA is likely to approach the government, since its efforts to persuade farmers continue to fail, seeking its advice on the issue for proceeding further.

Sources in the MUDA told The Hindu that the authority was unlikely to consider the farmers’ demand as it felt the compensation claim was on the “higher” side.

However, it was still unclear why the MUDA did not negotiate with the land owners when they apparently demanded 12,000 sq. ft of developed sites in return for giving their lands. The MUDA had reportedly agreed to give 10,250 sq. ft. of developed sites to them on the basis of 50:50 formula that was initially discussed between the joint partners.

But at the recent meeting convened by the MUDA, the land owners did not talk about higher share of developed sites but higher compensation for surrendering their lands to the project.

Feasibility

A top MUDA official said, “We go by the feasibility factor and nothing beyond that. Some land owners had agreed to our proposal (50:50 ratio). We will not proceed further until clear instructions come from the government on the matter.”

After a long delay, the MUDA had distributed sites at R.T. Nagar, which was reckoned to be one of the finest residential layouts developed so far by the authority in Mysuru.

Well planned

About 1,680 sites in various dimensions had been allotted to the eligible beneficiaries based on seniority. Another layout where it allotted sites in the recent years was Lalithadripura North, which had about 590 sites.

As on date, there are about 80,000 people who have applied for sites from the MUDA.

Sites were allotted after considering various factors, including seniority and whether the applicant had been allotted a site elsewhere by any government authority.

New layouts

In its bid to meet the demand, the MUDA has proposed some new layouts, including Lal Bahadur Shastri Nagar 2nd Stage, Swarnajayanthi Nagar Layout, Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar Nagar Layout, Shanthaveri Gopalagowda Layout, R.T. Nagar Second Stage and Lalithadripura Second Stage. It aims to develop around 10,000 sites in these layouts.

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