BBMP drops slip-road project near Tagore Circle as land costs increase [%new%]
After four years, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has realised it doesn’t want 2,397.69 sqm of land for providing a slip road for the existing Tagore Circle underpass. Earlier, the technical advisory committee (TAC) meeting held on November 4, 2009, had decided to widen the existing slip road to 5.5m carriageway with 2.50m sidewalk, but at both Richmond circle flyover and Malleshwaram underpass, slip roads have limited width. The committee suggested that widening of slip road to 5.50m be dropped. Relief for land owners The BBMP commissioner has now decided to drop the land acquisition plan as it is by giving relief to around 27 land owners. The existing slip road was proposed to be widened to 5.5m carriageway with 2.50m sidewalk, as per the directions given by the TAC members. A notification was issued to acquire 2397.69 sqm of land, but the committee, after detailed discus sions, opined that the acquisition of land was time consuming and even based on the guidance value, would cost much. Also, there would be protests from local residents. The committee then decided to drop widening of the slip road.
Government had to face a lot of protests for nearly four months, not to construct the underpass. This forced not to initiate land acquisition work. In the meantime, underpass work was completed. Now people are using the existing slip road without any hassles. Documents show that BBMP had decided to acquire 21 private and seven government properties to provide slip roads, for which the civic agency’s land acquisition officer had also issued a notification on August 23, 2010. The land acquisition proposal was approved by BBMP’s two standing committees – Town planning and taxation, and finance – and was further approved by the BBMP council. Later, the state government also approved the same on December 31, 2011. According to initial plans, the project should have been completed before 2009, but due to protests from local residents who opposed the construction of the Tagore Circle underpass, the project was delayed. It had estimated to acquire 21 properties belonging to private owners measuring 642.37 sqm, and six government properties measuring 1,755.32 sqm for which it had estimated compensation of Rs 4.98 crore. The project was undertaken with Central government’s JnNURM funding which began in October 2009.
 Atul chaturvedi, BBMP drops slip-road project near Tagore Circle as land costs increase, Bangalore Mirror, (November 25, 2014).