Around 1,500 to 2,000 properties spread over 180-200 hectares in the City will be acquired and demolished for the implementation of Namma Metro’s Phase II, which will provide train connectivity along 72 km with 61 stations.
Well-placed sources in Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) said that the number of properties to be acquired will be in the range of 1,500-2,000. “These properties are being identified for notification for acquisition by the State Government.”
BMRCL’s Land Committee will determine and recommend the market value of the land to be acquired for the project. The Committee has sought assistance of real estate consultants in this regard, the sources said.
The BMRCL has been offering value of existing structures (excluding land value) based on the Public Works Department schedule of rates applicable as on date of 28 (1) notification under the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Act, 1966, as compensation to property losers.
However, with several red flags already raised by citizens and activist groups, the process of land acquisition and subsequent demolition will not be easy for the BMRCL.
But, sticking to its stand of not revisiting contentious alignments in the proposed Phase-II of Namma Metro project, BMRCL is now looking for consultants to assess the market value of the land proposed to be acquired. However, the Phase-II has only received a conditional approval from the Centre.
Many residents in JP Nagar, especially around the Jayadeva Hospital have contemplated moving court over the issue, while environmentalists have been protesting the alignment around a few parks in JP Nagar and Jayanagar as part of Metro Phase-II.
Besides, serious problems are likely to crop up in the Whitefield and ITPL areas too. The Plaza concourse, on its Metro Reach-1, the only operational reach on Phase-I, is yet to become functional, a delay which has been caused by litigation.
To its credit, the BMRCL’s compensation has never been questioned legally by any of the property owners.
“One can go to court challenging acquisition. But, there has not been a single case in any court challenging our compensation. We pay the correct and the best rates,” BMRCL Managing Director Sivasailam had recently said.