Bengaluru Metro’ Phase II faces land trouble at 10 places

Bengaluru: Acquiring land for public projects is the most time-consuming task in cities like Bengaluru, where not many people want to part with their prized asset. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL), which started acquiring property for 72-km Phase II in 2015, is yet to complete the process.

While a majority of land, identified for the project, has already been acquired, the authorities are staring at land trouble in ten places, putting the ongoing Metro work on hold.

Status of land acquisition as mentioned in the newsletter of BMRCL:

The BMRCL requires 9 acres of NICE land, which is presently in the “custody” of Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE). As per the newsletter, the High Court of Karnataka has stayed proceedings of acquisition of NICE Lands in respect of Reach-5. “In respect of lands required for Reach-2, 3 and 4, SLAO, KIADB has to determine the compensation to be paid.”

Forest Land
Land at Kadugodi is required for Whitefield Depot. Stage-I clearance has been given by the Regional Office, Ministry of Forest and Environment, Government of India. The Regional Office has informed BMRCL to get the compensatory afforestation lands declared as Reserve Forest/ Protected Forest (RF/PF) before Stage-II clearance. Forest Department has been requested to expedite the issue of notifications declaring compensatory afforestation lands as Reserve Forest/ Protected Forest (RF/PF) lands.

Land at U.M. Kaval is required for Anjanapura Depot. Stage-I approval for diversion of 0.71 ha of Forest land in Sy. No. 38 of U.M. Kaval has been communicated. Forest department has been requested to process for Stage-II clearance.

Reach-6 Underground section
Langford Town Station:
The Board of Officers (BOO) has been constituted by Local Military Authority (LMA) for the land required for Langford Station is 2137.334 sq mtrs on a permanent basis and 5866.569 sq mtrs on a temporary basis. Final Board of Officers (BOO) proceedings are yet to be signed.

Church land for Vellara Junction Station: The acquisition process for balance land measuring 3797.271 sq mtrs on a permanent basis is in progress (originally it was proposed for temporary acquisition) through KIADB. Local Military Authority (LMA) has raised objection for the compensation paid to the Church for the land earlier acquired.

Eidgah-e-Jaded land for launching Shaft:– Wakf Board has been requested to hand over the land to BMRCL after vacating the school building by providing them alternative accommodation and vacating the shops.

BBMP land for Cantonment Station: A Industrial Training Institute for differently-abled children is constructed on BBMP land. The building was constructed to run the I.T.I. There is a dispute regarding payment of compensation for the building between Church Authority and an NGO which was running the institute. Compensation will be paid after ascertaining the rightful owner.

Lakkasandra Village Sy. No. 14 and 15: Encroachments are obstructing access to Casting Yard area identified for UG Works. The Deputy Commissioner, Bangalore has been requested to take necessary action for removal of encroachment.

While the private properties were acquired quickly, the authorities are finding it difficult to take possession of the land mostly belonging to government agencies or the land whose ownership is in question. This is nothing but the repeat of what the BMRCL had faced during the Phase I land acquisition process.