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Vet varsity land on builders' radar?

S. Rajendran

Notice to the Registrar triggers anxiety among staff and students



In danger:The road that will connect Bellary road and Sanjaynagar will bisect the veterinary university campus at Hebbal in Bangalore.

BANGALORE: The vast prime land of the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University on Bellary Road leading to Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) is now stated to be on the radar of real-estate developers and builders who are seeking to shift the veterinary college from Hebbal to a distant location at Hessarghatta.

Some key political leaders, including a prominent Minister, are believed to be eyeing the 75 acres of prime land belonging to the veterinary college.

Sources in the Secretariat told The Hindu that plans are afoot to at least take over 15 acres of the land in the garb of building a 60-foot road, bisecting the university campus, to connect the residential pockets of Sanjaynagar with Bellary Road. While 60 acres will be on one side of the road, the rest on the other side will be subsequently taken over by the Government for development on public-private partnership, the sources maintained. The visit of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to the veterinary college campus a few weeks ago and a subsequent notice issued by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (on the instructions of a Minister as mentioned in the letter) to the Registrar of the university has triggered anxiety among the staff and students of the college. R.N. Sreenivasa Gowda, one of the former vice-chancellors of the university who, with others, has formed a core committee to safeguard university property, told The Hindu that if the authorities are keen on providing a wider road to people living in Sanjaynagar and adjoining residential areas, they could widen the existing road. “Where is the need to bisect the university property? If hundreds of vehicles ply on the road, will not research activities be affected?”

The then Maharaja of Mysore, Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, established the Hebbal Agricultural Farm in 1904. Thereafter, agricultural experts such as Lehmann of Germany and Leslie Coleman of Canada worked towards building the vast campus to impart education in agricultural sciences, including veterinary science. The efforts made for further improvement of the campus by Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar and veterinarian R.D. Nanjaiah are noteworthy.

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