‘Land’ing Trouble

What with land becoming scarce (as in every other Metro) in Bangalore, one constantly reads stories of land grabbers, real estate sharks, duplicate registrations et al. But a controversy is in the making right in our locality, one that threatens to be a contentious and emotionally charged one.

A prime piece of land in our locality and fronting Old Madras Road – perhaps about an 4 to 5 acres – is fast turning into a battle ground between a well known builder/real estate developer and a group of residents. The latter have formed themselves into an ‘residence’ ( residents ) association and have plastered ‘warning’ signs all over the place accusing the builder of resorting to land grabbing.

What is more, this issue is now acquiring another dimension, a political one, what with a flag being hoisted in the periphery of the property. News reports and the trade mention that a 4 star hotel property is being planned to be built in this space. Should it be so, this is prime land indeed with both parties set to reap rich rewards. One wonders if this fracas will land itself into court in a seemingly endless battle or will be settled on ‘mutually beneficial’ terms! Round two awaited. Keep watching this space. Pics below.

In Inglish (sic!)

In Kannada mathe bhashe!

The color of money?

The land in question.

No Flagging interest, this!

2 Comments so far

  1. usha (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 8:21 pm

    In our layout too we had a rule against commercial constructions as the layout was intended for residential purposes but now there is an adarsh and a Daya properties building coming up – some 700 flats in all. Imagine the demand on the roads, the parking space, water etc.But they seem to get their plans approved easily and there is always some loophole in their favour!

    Felicitations on the 100th post Ravi!and each post is a treasure!

  2. Chitra (unregistered) on December 13th, 2006 @ 6:27 pm

    Very sad but true. Right in the same street where my parents have lived for the last 21 years, there is a “cultural center” which actualy behaves as a private marriage hall, a school cum college, and a temple in lands that were meant for public utility such as parks, police stations etc. It is such a pity! The marriage hall has absolutely no parking facility. Anybody who comes to attend functions there is on the street. Literally!

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