Saturday, June 19, 2010

Road widening driving citizens to surveying firms

With BBMP not providing complete information in TDR notices they despatch, residents are hiring land surveyors to measure their property for accurate data. Residents of Bengaluru are now hiring private surveyors to measure their property, which is marked for road widening by BBMP. This is because the BBMP's Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) notices do not provide detailed information on how much land will be required for acquisition. In April this year, residents of Golden Corner Apartments on Sarjapur Road received a notice from the BBMP, informing them about acquisition of a portion of their property for road widening. The notice says the road is to be widened by 45 feet and that the Apartment Association should submit land records using the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) form. The notice does not mention anything about the amount of land required to be acquired from the apartment. A marking on a pole outside the apartment indicates '5.3 m' with an arrow pointing towards the building. A subsequent Right to Information (RTI) application to the BBMP revealed that an average of 7.4 metres throughout the length of the property is proposed for acquisition. This again was only an average for the entire stretch of road to be widened.

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