'Scientific' widening of Bannerghatta Road sought

The proposed widening of Bannerghatta Road has elicited difference of opinion among property owners and residents of the area who would be affected by the project.

While a few property owners welcomed the Bruhat Bangalore Bangalore Palike (BBMP) proposal, others sought different form of compensation than the Transferable Development Right, offered to them.

The differences came to the fore at a meeting held by the BBMP officials with the affected parties to solicit their opinions about the proposed Bannerghatta Road project. Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy, Mayor B S Satyanarayana, among other officials interacted with the property owners and residents.

Bangalore South MLA M Krishnappa suggested that Bannerghatta Road be widened to 120 ft rather than the proposed 150 ft so that the work is completed speedily in addition to saving few properties. Mayor B S Satyanarayana said he would discuss the issue in the upcoming council meeting, adding a separate discussion will be also be held on increasing the TDR value.

General Secretary, Bannerghatta Neighbourhood Association (BANA), Vishnu Prasad maintained that their association was not against the project, but wanted the work be executed in a “scientific manner.” According to Palike officials, about 405 properties have been identified for acquisition for the widening of a 7.5-km stretch of Bannerghatta Road.

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