ANDHRA PRADESH

ORR phase-I project hits another block

In a fix: Balwinder Kaur pouring out her woes at her residence at Kishanguda village near the Outer Ring Road in Shamshabad on Wednesday.

In a fix: Balwinder Kaur pouring out her woes at her residence at Kishanguda village near the Outer Ring Road in Shamshabad on Wednesday.  

M.L.Melly Maitreyi

Widow wages a battle to save her house on 4.5 acres abutting the project



‘HUDA assured me my house will not be affected’

I want to live with dignity in my house: Kaur



SHAMSHABAD (RANGA REDDY Dt.): Work on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) phase-I hits yet another road block.

This time, the stand off is between 61-year-old Balwinder Kaur, a lone woman waging an emotional battle to save her house situated on a sprawling 4.5 acre piece of land abutting the ORR and the authorities’ refusal to yield to her demands other than the special compensation package announced by them.

The issue, that has been brewing for over an year has stalled the ongoing ORR work on part of a 100 metre stretch near Kishanguda village of Shamshabad mandal.

Widow of an Army officer, Ms. Kaur lives alone.

When she learnt in 2005 that HUDA would be acquiring land for the ORR project passing through the village, she represented to the HUDA to spare her house and poultry sheds, her source of income.

Engineers

“HUDA and ORR authorities assured me that my house would not be affected. Subsequently some engineers who would come for surveys indicated a corner part of the house could go. Now ORR officials want me to move out as major part of the house would be pulled down,” Ms. Kaur said.

Ms. Kaur who agreed to surrender 2.36 acres of land housing poultry sheds that now stand demolished and take compensation, however refused to move out.

“How can the officials keep changing their decisions? Apparently their earlier decision on alignment was changed to benefit some influential persons with properties in the vicinity,” she alleged.

Ms. Kaur who demanded that a boundary wall be constructed around her property before ORR work in the stretch abutting her house could commence, said she was reconciled to losing the corner portion of the house but not major portion.

“I want to live with dignity in my house. If HUDA thinks it is inevitable to demolish my house, it should construct another house for me to shift and allot same extent of Government land.

I have no money or strength to build another house,” she says.

Officials’ claim

ORR officials, however, said it was made clear to Ms. Kaur one year ago that 25 per cent of her house would be affected as it was in the path of ORR alignment.

If her house would have to be saved, then 50 to 60 houses in Rallaguda would be affected.

Property damage

The alignment was fixed scientifically and with an objective to contain property damage to the extent possible.

About 5,000 people were affected due to ORR and accordingly special compensation package under R&R Act was worked out.

Work on that stretch could not be delayed any further as time was running out.

Apart from compensation for the land, 3,000 sq. yards of sites would be provided to her in Shamshabad layout in lieu of land she lost, ORR officials clarified.

YSR holds review

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy reviewing the Outer Ring Road Phase-I works, said the four-lane road from Gachibowli to Shamshabad would be ready before March, 2008 and the ORR phase II from Shamshabad to Patancheru would commence in August.

It was proposed to provide separate private bus terminals between the inner ring road and ORR while HUDA was asked to issue orders for creating truck terminals in eight locations.



‘HUDA assured me my house will not be affected’

I want to live with dignity in my house: Kaur





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