Bangalore Metro|Land Acquisition Process Begins for Metro line near Electronics City

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Bengaluru: The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) has issued a preliminary notification to acquire 48 acres near Electronics City for its new East-West line.

“It has been published in the gazette as part of our process to acquire 297 properties for the 8 km stretch between Chikka Begur and Bommasandra,” M S Channappagoudar, General Manager, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL), told City Express.

The route in Electronics City will pass through the property of IT major Infosys. “We have already had a meeting with the company and they have agreed in principle to permit the line through their premises. They will allow us to construct piers and lay the line,” he explained.

The new stretch constitutes a vital IT corridor as part of the new line planned between R V Road and Bommasandra via Silk Board. It runs to 18.8 km and covers 16 stations.

Eight stations — Chikka Begur, Baspur Road, Hosa Road, Electronic City-I, Electronic City-II, Huskur Road, Hebbagodi and Bommasandra — figure on the 8 km stretch.

We have issued a notification to acquire land for a Metro depot at Hebbagodi. We will use 28 acres for the depot and 20 for the viaducts (rail lines) and stations,” he said.

On the process that follows the notification, he said objections would be invited from the public. The Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) will then issue notifications to each property owner. A final consolidated notification follows.

“The process will take five to six months,” he said. The actual acquisition and demolition of properties begin.

The compensation for the 297 properties is yet to be calculated. The entire Phase-II network though involves acquiring 280 acres from government departments and private owners and the compensation is likely to add up to more than `5,000 crore.

Notifications to acquire properties on the stretch between RV Road and Silk Board had been issued last year and the stretch between Silk Board and Munishwara Nagar early this year. The other new line in Phase II is the 21.2-km North-South line between Gottigere and Nagavara which connects 18 stations.

“A notification has been issued to acquire 26 acres behind Meenakshi temple in Kothanur for a depot.”

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