Road-widening project still stuck on paper

January 16th, 2007

Bangalore: Apart from being New Year’s Eve, December 31 was the deadline for civic authorities to complete widening of 12 roads on priority. A deadline set by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy himself.

And the status: Work in progress, on paper. Over two years after the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) was entrusted with the task of widening roads in Bangalore, not a single road has actually been widened. For instance, Hosur Road was the first stretch for the exercise. Thirty metres of land on either side were identified, compounds were fenced out and yet, the road remains in the same status. With the same traffic juggernaut.

Widening roads using the provisions of Transferable Development Scheme (TDR), was a scheme approved by the state government in January 2005. In the scheme, a person who gives up his/her property for civic works, gets additional floor area to a tune of 1.5 times of the acquired land. This will be given in the form of Development Rights Certificate, which he can sell to a property owner, who wants to upgrade the building or use it in his own property.

However, many meetings and issual of notices later, the scheme is still stuck with the same initial roadblocks. To start with, BMP officials explain that defence authorities posed the starting stumbling block by prolonging the approval process. A total of 44,464 sq mts of land belonging to the Defence was pending approval, a final nod is awaited still.

Engineers at the BMP explain that the task they face is an Herculean one — convincing people to part with land. “For a year we have been going road to road, identifying the specifics required and trying to convince people that the land required is for public good. We have explained the concept of TDR, but they are just not willing. They are demanding an alternate site with house or market compensation,” explain engineers associated with the project.

Source: TOI(Bangalore-epaper)


Entry Filed under: Bangalore Traffic News

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1 Comment

  • 1. Chandra Vikash  |  January 17th, 2007 at 1:12 am

    It is futile to solve this problem at the same level at which it is created. Roads must be valued at par with land prices and this must be reflected in the road usage charging that needs to be applied. It is possible to do so using available technologies – accurate and tamper-proof odometer, GPS/wireless comm and inertial navigation sensors. At the higher level, a key requisite is to create a road-based MRT system using a composite fleet of clean, safe and cost efficient vehicles.

    I presented a new scenario called Metro Plus to various govt. officials in transport and land-use sectors in Bangalore. For details contact Chandra Vikash, Advisor to Chairman, Maini Group at chandra.vikash@maini.com or call 22270972/ 22271151.

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