The road widening project is opposed as the compensation doesn’t meet the residents’ needs.
The residents complain that there were no notices issued to them regarding this. “Road widening notices have been made only in public newspapers. The notices to owners of the land to vacate the space will be soon issued,” said Nandeesh J R, Executive Engineer, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike.
“I have been living here for 40 years. There was no notice issued to us regarding the widening of the road. If the compensation is not given in form of cash and a TDR is issued, the residents here will protest and will take the matter to the court,” said K Hanumanth Shetty, a resident of Padarayanapura.
The road widening project that stretches from Tank Bund road to Vijayanagar pipeline will soon begin after elections. There are around 300 shop owners and residents that will be affected with this demolition, said Nandeesh JR, Executive Engineer, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike.
He added, “The road will be widened to 80 feet from the present 40 feet status. Traffic jams are very often due to the narrow road thus road widening is necessary. The tender for road widening has been issued but the work will begin after the elections. The land once vacated will come under BBMP authority. As compensation, the landowners will be issued Transferrable Development Rights Certificate (TDR).
The road has many shops, businesses which have been established long ago. The shop owners feel that the road widening will affect them as they have no idea about the Transferrable Development Rights. “We are opposing Transferable Development Rights (TDR) certificate that the authorities have promised to issue as compensation for road widening project in Padarayanpura,” said Muneer Ahmed, Ifra Enterprises shop owner at Padarayanapura. He added, “There are around 234 houses and shops in total in this area that will be affected by this project. Most of the people don’t have knowledge about the TDR certificate. We have no assurance about how to redeem our compensation through TDR so we demand monetary compensation if the project is in place.”
The business will be affected if the road widening project is approved say the shop owners. “In the widening project, my shop will be demolished completely. This is the only business and my only source of income. I have been told by the authorities that a TDR certificate will be issued but I have no knowledge about the certificate or its use,” said S. Ramesh, owner of Swagath Hairdressers.
The experts say that the TDR won’t be a solution and the proper compensation should be the aim. “Traffic during peak hours should be managed. Road widening is a possible solution but the residents and shop owners should be compensated for it,” said M.N Sree Hari, Traffic Expert. He added, “TDR certificate is not profitable as it cannot be redeemed easily and immediately redeemed while monetary compensation has chances to help them recover the loss from demolition immediately.”