36-acre Defence land sought for road widening

36-acre Defence land sought for road widening

In an open letter to the Defence Minister, copies of which were made available to the press, he said that to decongest traffic, BBMP planned to take up construction and widening of many roads and bridges and put in place a mammoth storm water drain to clear rainwater. “These projects are essential for smooth flow of traffic and development of City,” the letter stressed. Some stretches of land required for the purpose fell under defence property, it said.

Land details

To construct roads, a total of 72,623 square metres of land are required. The details of the road projects to be implemented run as follows: Hosur Laskar Road from Johnson Market to Gagendra Nagara (11,600 sq metres); both sides of HAL Airport Road  from Trinity Circle to Domlur Village (19,694 sq m); Murphy Road from Kensington Road to Old Madras Road (10,200 sq m); Ulsoor Road from Dickenson Road to Kensington Road (2,090 sq m);  Old Madras Road from Trinity Circle to Ulsoor police station (4,290 sq m); Victoria Road from HAL Airport road to D’ Souza Circle (10, 441 sq m); Lower Agram Road from Hosmat Hospital to Butchery (12,576 sq m); Bellary Road near Sanjay Nagara Main Road (132 sq m); Construction of underpass at the junction of Sanjaynagara Main Road and Bellary Road. 

For the sake of creating bridges, 6,867 square meters of land is required. The proposed work involves extension of Road Over Bridge at Banaswadi (1500 sq m); Road Over Bridge at Byappanahalli (4,706 sq m) and MES-Jalahalli bridge work to be carried out by BDA (661 sq m).

A secondary storm water drain has been proposed at Ejipura and Koramangala  in Koramangala Valley. This project required defence land running into 67,350 sq. metres, the letter said.