BMRCL begins razing structures for Metro to Whitefield

BANGALORE: The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has begun demolishing properties to make way for the Metro line from Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield. Over 270 properties have been marked for demolition to build the elevated Metro line over a distance of 15.5 km.

A few structures in the campus of Lowry Institute in KR Puram are being demolished, while a hostel too would be brought down in the coming days.

A Lowry management official said, “The BMRCL had acquired 4.5 acres of land for the metro project. A few structures including the hostel will be demolished for the metro. We are in the process of making alternative arrangements for accommodating 350-odd students who are residing at the hostel. As of now BMRCL has demolished an old building in the campus. They had given enough time for us and acquisition and demolition process have had no impact on the day-to-day functioning of the institute.”

A Metro official said a metro station is set to come up in the land acquired from the institute. The metro line from Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield and Silk Board to KR Puram, which has been proposed under Phase II A, will also be built in the area.

The official said, “The demolition has already started on the stretch. The BMRCL is in the final stage of awarding the tender. The project work is likely to start in two months’ time.”

BMRCL has already set 2020 as the deadline to complete Phase II project that stretches over a distance of 72 Km. BMRCL is under pressure to take up the project at the earliest to complete it well in time as it is expected to benefit lakhs of techies and professionals working in the IT corridor.

The acquisition of properties on certain sections of Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield has been difficult as at least 62 property owners have petitioned before the BMRCL seeking more compensation as they were unhappy with the rate fixed by the authorities as per the guidance value prevailing in 2011. The matter is now before the government.

The BMRCL is also facing problems over acquiring 42 properties located on a stretch parallel to the hanging bridge as there was confusion over whether the National Highway Authority of India had acquired properties and paid compensation for the same in the 1990s while building the highway. Now, the BMRCL has received information that seven acres of land required for Metro was not acquired by the NHAI earlier and question of ‘double compensation’ did not arise. The BMRCL is now to acquire these properties and pay the compensation.

The BMRCL initially estimated paying a compensation of Rs 849 crore for acquiring properties on the stretch and the compensation package is likely to increase by another Rs 200 crore. The BMRCL has already paid a compensation of over Rs 640 crore on the stretch to acquire more than 90 properties and compensation is being paid to acquire more properties. In phase II, BMRCL is constructing an elevated corridor from Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield.

On the stretch, 14 metro stations are planned to come up line where hundreds of IT companies and industrial establishments are located.

The metro stations are planned to come up at locations including Jyotipuram, KR Puram, Mahadevpura, Garudacharpalya, Doddanekundi Industrial Area, Visvesvaraya Industrial Area, Kundalahalli, Vaidehi Hospital, Satya Sai Hospital, ITPL area, Kadugodi Area, Ujwala Vidyalaya and Whitefield.

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