Now you see it, soon you won’t

Namma Metro’s ulsoor station on the Reach One alignment is proposed to be built on the premises where the police quarters are situated currently. Here’s a pic of the same.

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Take a good look at them because shortly, they are scheduled to be demolished. Fortunately, being government owned quarters, its occupants have had no choice but to vacate. Here’s the news extract about the demolition from the Deccan Herald.

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) will begin demolishing the police quarters at Ulsoor later this week. This will be the first public property to be demolished for the Metro Rail project.

“About 46 families with the exception of two have already moved out. Two families had sought time until Sankranti. Talks with the Commissioner of Police will be held either on Monday or Tuesday on the issue,” sources told Deccan Herald.The demolition has been entrusted to an expert structural demolition firm, ‘Binyas Contech Private Limited’ according to BMRC sources.

The demolition will pave way for construction of the Ulsoor terminal of ‘Namma Metro’ spread across 1.5 acres, that presently houses the police quarters. Officials added that the Karnataka Police Housing Corporation Limited (KPHCL) has made temporary arrangements to rehabilitate the families of these police officers.
“The BMRC has given alternate land at Byappanahalli to construct quarters for the police officers by the KPHCL. The construction cost of these quarters will be borne by the BMRC ,” the sources informed.

While the building demolition will no doubt proceed as planned, hacking this old and ancient banyan tree next to the building, methinks, is going to cause a huge problem for the authorities. Remember, you saw & read it here first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

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Cross posted at the Namma Metro Blog site…..do visit for daily updates. Well, more or less! :)

4 Comments so far

  1. | Balu | (unregistered) on January 29th, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

    Yes Ravi,
    Will remember, you said it first! :-D


  2. Dheeraj (unregistered) on January 29th, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

    Considering its government quarters, and coming from a family who has lived in the. the inhabitants of the quarters should consider themselves lucky they are getting newly constructed quarters. Most of the old ones are really badly built.


  3. Sharath Bhat (unregistered) on January 30th, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

    Going by the Deccan Herald release, this terminal will be spread across 1.5 acres – does this include a shopping arcade ? I believe the MG Road one will be a showcase in retail design.


  4. Lubna (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

    Hi

    Are we paying any thought to those who have to vacate, rather than saying, Fortunately being government owned quarters they have no choice but to vacate.

    These are the things to consider:

    1) I bet they have families with school going children and final exams are around the corner.
    2) What do they mean by temporary quarters – will they have sanitation and basic facilities? Could’nt the State have taken care of these in advance and moved them to permanent quarters immediately?

    I know, that some policemen are corrupt (read Times of India dated Feb 2, 2008), however, my heart does go out to them.

    Being housed in government quarters they have no choice but to move……..at any time….. they are made to.

    Just my two cents of contribution.



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