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GKVK link road divides BBMP standing panel

Staff Reporter

There is no need for the road, says councillor


Members of BBMP Standing Committee for Major Works directed officials to halt work

They want the work to stop till a probe is held into acquisition of 24 acres of GKVK land


Bangalore: The link road connecting Yelahanka and Yeshwanthpur that runs through the Gandhi Krishi Vijnan Kendra (GKVK) is in the eye of the storm again. On Thursday, members of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike's Standing Committee for Major Works directed officials to halt the road construction till an inquiry is carried out into the acquisition of 24 acres of GKVK land.

The issue was recently raised in the BBMP Council by Nagapura councillor N. Harish, also a member of the standing committee, who said there was no need for the road and that officials had violated the Comprehensive Development Plan 2015.

Divisive issue

Opinion about the need for the road is clearly divided even within the standing committee. Committee chairman H. Ravindra claims the road is necessary to connect developing areas, Mr. Harish is against it saying such an intrusion would hit research work at GKVK.

Mr. Ravindra said that the BBMP would acquire an 80-metre stretch of the Larsen and Turbo (L&T) property on Bellary Road to help connect the route. The property would be acquired through the Transfer of Development Rights . A committee comprising experts and officials will be constituted to look into the land acquisition, he said.

Meanwhile, GKVK experts alleged that the road would affect biodiversity on the verdant campus.

The BBMP had already felled around 1,800 trees in violation of the Forest Act. GKVK's Associate Director D. Noothan said the civic authority was pushing the project despite stiff public opposition.

The project was also in violation of both the Forest Act and the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (KTCP) Act. Meanwhile, B.C. Venkatesh, a resident of BEL Layout adjacent to the GKVK campus, expressed his worry over the low-hanging high-tension cables, which posed a risk to road-users. Following this, the committee decided to write to Bangalore Electricity Supply Company to shift the pylons within 15 days.

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