By Accommodation Times Bureau
The decision of Karnataka Government has been given go-ahead by Nirmal Sitharaman led defence ministry for using defence land for upcoming infrastructure projects in Bengaluru. The defence ministry has put forth a condition that the defence land will be allotted only if the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) speeds up the process of providing alternative land to her ministry. She also stated that the cost of land provided to the ministry should be the same as that of defence land given for infrastructural projects. The land spread over ten places was very significant for Bengaluru and no result was obtained out of negotiations in the recent past.
As the defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman comes from Karnataka as a Rajya Sabha member, she took the initiative to exchange the land. She said, “We have agreed that the state government will give us equal value land. They will discuss at the cabinet meeting and give us a resolution that they will indeed give us equal value land, which is by rule the defence requirement. However, I have clearly instructed my ministry, to immediately allow construction and permission for work to happen.”
The land is located at ten places, and these parts of defence land totally measure 55819 sq metres. The government agreed to exchange defence land measuring 45165 sq metres for eight projects whose value is Rs 282.09 crores. The remaining part of the land would be taken on the ‘basis of license’. In return, the BBMP will provide 853137.95 sq metres of land worth Rs 488.42 crores. The land to be given to the defence ministry comprises approximately 200 acres of its land at Anekal near Bengaluru city, Kensington Park and Kensington road.
Deep gratitude was expressed Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy to the centre, for giving permission to BBMP to go ahead with the work.