Jul 09, 2011 at 02:20pm IST

BDA plans to start work on Peripheral Ring Road

BANGALORE:  In its efforts to compensate for the delay in acquiring land for the Peripheral Ring Road due to the state government's delayed approval of the proposed exgratia payment to those who will be losing land, the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) is planning to start work on stretches that fall within government land.

BDA Commissioner Barath Lal Meena said, "We have managed to convince some farmers to give their lands for the project even before the exgratia payment is released. Therefore we have already started to mark that would be acquired for the road in the government lands and in the areas in which the land owners have agreed to part with their lands. This will help us to complete the project at the earliest. As soon as the state government approves the exgratia payments, we will pay them the money and acquire the remaining land for the project."

Though the BDA had issued notifications to acquire 1,810 acres and 18.5 guntas of land in 67 villages of Bangalore Urban District between 2005 and 2007, the land owners prevented the BDA from acquiring this land, demanding more compensation, as the guidance value was revised after the preliminary notification.

The value was enhanced by over four times by the state government and farmers started demanding compensation in accordance with the present guidance value. In some areas, land owners started demanding equal compensation for all areas. After several discussions, they agreed with the BDA's proposal to give exgratia payment to match the present guidance value and the BDA sent the same proposal to the state government for approval. Though this happened over a year ago, the government has not approved of the proposal.

The state government entrusted the task of laying the Peripheral Ring Road from Hosur Road to Tumkur Road, from K R Puram and Bellary Road side, to the BDA, after approving it at the cost of `5,000 crore. Around nine big construction companies, including L T, Nagarjuna Construction Company and Soma Cosortium, have expressed interest in undertaking the project on a publicprivate partnership basis.

Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) has already laid the Peripheral Ring Road from Hosur Road to Tumkur Road from Bannerghatta road and Mysore Road side.