Government in no hurry to review decision

An outcry to revisit the decision to change the alignment of Namma Metro’s Phase-II line near Jayadeva Hospital by affected residents notwithstanding, there has been no formal decision to look into the matter by the government.

A senior State government official, who was present during the March 7 meeting that took the decision to change the alignment, told Deccan Herald on condition of anonymity that the government revisiting the decision would be based on further scrutiny, if there is a formal proposal.

“One has to understand that disturbing Jayadeva would cause inconvenience to a lot more people in the long run. The argument placed by the institute’s director was based on specialised knowledge and the government had to consider such views,” the official said.

He said the meeting was also attended by other doctors, including faculty from Victoria and another hospital, but nobody countered his views given as a medical practitioner.

“Implementation of any public project of this nature will have some people losing their properties. But one has to look at it as a whole. Past record of compensations given to affected people reveals that people are paid handsomely. The Thomas committee set up to study this endorses the same,” another official said.

Pointing out that Jayadeva caters to the needs of hundreds of people not only from the City, but also from other districts, the official said that the larger interest of the citizens is being protected by this decision.

However, in line with what BMRCL MD N Sivasailam had feared, residents who are set to lose a part of, or in whole, their properties due to the re-alignment of Namma Metro’s Phase-II line near Jayadeva Hospital have threatened to go to court if favourable action is not taken by the government.

Angry residents, on Thursday, said that they would write to chief minister Siddaramaiah to consider their views and that they would take the matter up legally, if the response is not favourable to them.

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