BENGALURU: Clearing a major hurdle for 10 development projects in Bengaluru stuck for years because defence agencies wouldn’t part with land, Nirmala on Saturday said a decision has been taken to immediately allow construction at all these places.
It won’t come easy as the state government has agreed to provide land of the same value at another location in exchange. “Rules mandate that the defence set-up gets land worth the same value. However, what we’ve decided is that the defence establishments won’t wait until this alternative land is transferred to them before according permission to begin construction,” Sitharaman said.

“We’ve decided to allow construction without delaying development works; later, we’ll get land in exchange,” she added.

needs 11.2 acres of defence land for 8 road projects

Chief minister said the Union minister was responsive in Delhi last month where the first round of discussions on this issue took place. On Saturday, Sitharaman and defence ministry officials met Kumaraswamy, chief secretary and other state government officials in Vidhana Soudha.

The government needs 11.2 acres of defence land worth an estimated Rs 282 crore to be permanently transferred to its agencies to carry out eight road projects. In exchange BBMP has proposed to give 207 acres worth Rs 352 crore in and 3.2 acres worth Rs 136 crore at Park and Road area near Ulsoor. On why land identified for exchange is worth more than the value of land being taken from defence establishments, BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad told STOI: “We’ve identified more so that we can exchange it now and seek other defence land for future projects without a hassle.” Aside of eight projects requiring permanent land exchange, permission has been sought for two railway overbridge projects on 447sqm of defence land in Maruti Sevanagar and 2.5 acres in Byappanahalli.

Sitharaman said there were other projects outside of Bengaluru that were discussed but she couldn’t comment on them owing to the election model code of conduct.
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