The work of demarcating land and issuing notices for attachment of properties/land  for the building of the upcoming Metro rail line Phase II connecting Electronic City has begun.


According to a report in the Bangalore Mirror, for the route between Silk Board and Muneshwaranagar metro station, the BMRCL has issued compensation of Rs 208 crore  in lieu of 60-odd properties.


The report quotes MD of BMRCL Pradeep Singh Kharola as claiming that that the tender for metro line to Whitefield from Baiyappanahalli and Electronics City (R V Road to Bommasandra) are in the final stages and are waiting for approval. There is also a proposal for building an elevated metro line connecting Hosur Road, Silk Board and Bommasandra. The RV Road to Bommasandra line will have 16 metro stations.


On the Hosur Road line there are 280 odd-properties which need to go. In fact, the RV Road to Bommasandra line under Phase 2 will call for the razing of over 420 properties to be able to accommodate a proposed metro line of 19 km.


Kharola added that contracts will be awarded in a month’s time and that issuing of compensation to owners located after Silk Board junction, who have been affected by the construction has already begun. The exercise will be carried out in three phases : Bommasandra to Hosur Road, Hosur Road to HSR Layout and HSR Layout to RV Road.


Most people whose houses/land have been acquired usually prefer to take the compensation and leave. In 2016 some went to court but most lost. In fact, last year it was reported that due to the hike in land guidance values since 2013 even the compensation packages were increased and people got twice the value of their land and it doesn’t hurt that BMRC also gives one rehabilitation and shifting allowance to property owners too, apart from the compensation package.

While the problem with private land owners is not much, acquiring land from government bodies, military etc is a difficult task for the BMRCL.