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Court allows Metro through Cubbon Park

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State, BMRCL asked to complete work in 24 months

Permission given for diversion roads through park


BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for the prestigious Namma Metro project through Cubbon Park. It permitted the State Government to lay diversion roads through the park, acquire a small piece of land for construction of an ancillary building and also construct the underground metro station on Ambedkar Veedhi.

The court directed the State and Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) to complete the project within 24 months. It asked them to restore the lawns of Cubbon Park in front of the High Court and the Vidhana Soudha once the project was completed.

BMRCL wants to temporarily take over the lawns to construct diversion roads as Ambedkar Veedhi will be closed to traffic once work commences.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice Manjula Chellur passed the order on petitions by G.K. Govinda Rao and Bimal Desai questioning the decision of BMRCL to take Namma Metro through parts of Cubbon Park.

Permission

The State had filed two interlocutory applications seeking the permission of the court to temporarily and permanently take over 0.2 acres of the park for the Metro project. The Bench allowed both the applications, thus clearing the way for the construction of the underground Metro station between the High Court and the Vidhana Soudha building on Ambedkar Veedhi and also construction of a diversion road from Minsk Square to Gopala Gowda Circle and from Gopala Gowda Circle to GPO Circle.

It also allowed the plea of the State to permanently acquire land for construction of an ancillary building and also for constructing steps leading to the underground station.

Security hazard

Earlier, the petitioners opposed the destruction of the park for the project. They said the underground station could pose a security hazard to the Vidhana Soudha and the High Court.

Moreover, drilling for the underground section on Ambedkar Veedhi could damage the heritage buildings in the vicinity.

The State said 22 trees would have to cut on lawns in front of the High Court and 29 trees for construction of the ancillary building. It said the trees could be replanted and the lawns restored once the project was completed.

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