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Airport expressway update

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We have all been screaming on the subject for a while now. But this business-standard update on BIAL expressway is interesting, because it talks dates:

... sources said many powerful politicians also owned land along the alignment ... and wanted it changed ... “We changed the alignment five times unofficially before freezing it. But they are still not satisfied. If the land acquisition process is completed by July, the expressway will be ready by March 2009 but that appears improbable. As things stand, the expressway will not be ready even by 2009-end,” a source said.

So, even the best case scenario puts us in March 2009. April 2008 to end of 2009, 1.5 years of hell if HAL airport does get shut as planned. May be those who are willing and able will be allowed to para-jump from the planes straight into the city. That should take care of arrivals for some :)


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new map.

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exactly the same thing happened with Hyderabad's ORR too. ditto BMIC. wonder where all these politicians and babus have lands man! anywhere you want to put a road, it impinges on their properties. before they consult planning maps, road maps, and topological maps, they should consult neta-babu-land-holding map and build the road where there is no neta-babu land.
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I wonder from where do they do so much money

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I wonder from where do, they get so much money. I am sure 100% it is not money earned by legal means. Now we are seeing where tax payers money is going. It is just filling all the neta's pocket. So finally to whom does all this property belong, frankly speaking it is all ours, the people of the nation and people of the Bangalore and people of Karnataka. Any land which is used to improve city should first be considered. If this level of corruption continues in future, then we need one more GANDHI or SUBASH CHANDRA BOSE and be ready for another long battle, now we battle our own people who are more dangerous than British. It is not difficult to cure fever or cold but it is difficult to cure cancer where our own body cells betrayes our body............ We are having a mamooth task ahead suffer or struggle to get rid of suffer..... CAN WE DO IT?? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Battle Continues

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Airport highway: New notification, new twist There’s no end in sight yet to the tussle between promoters of the State Highway connecting Bangalore to the upcoming international airport in Devanahalli and people who are set to lose their property to the road. Property owners have alleged that a latest land acquisition notification issued by the Public Works Department has altered survey numbers proposed for acquisition, and also called it an attempt to circumvent the ongoing court cases against the project. After proclaiming the expressway as a State Highway through a notification dated July 28, the Government carried a corrigendum calling the road “State Highway (Special) 1” or “connecting road between Bangalore and Devanahalli”. According to property owners, the corrigendum and the latest notification, dated August 20, are aimed at bolstering the State’s position during land acquisition, citing the road’s “special” status. “The land proposed to be notified is more than what it was in the March notification. The idea behind rechristening the expressway as State Highway — though both are essentially the same — was to make the acquisition easier and circumvent cases that are on against the project,” Hemchandra, a resident of Kylasanahalli, a village that’s covered in the road alignment, said on Saturday. Continuing opposition The alignment of the 21.2-km road has undergone many changes, leading to staunch opposition from people who own properties in the villages covered under the project. The latest notification has a 60-day period for people to object to the acquisition. While property owners alleged that PWD and Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited didn’t publish the notification in newspapers and they were even denied copies of the same, sources in PWD said the notification was displayed at the Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s office. “There are glaring changes in the new notification. Some survey numbers in the old notification have been replaced by fresh ones... BMRDA, which was originally the project’s nodal agency, is washing its hands off the road now,” said Ramanujan, a resident of Challakere. While senior officials were not available for comment, sources in PWD said there were “minor” differences in the acquisition pattern between the March and August notifications. comment guidelines

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