South Western Railways claims land near Cantonment Station where Indira Canteen is coming up

This is among the 125 canteens in the city that are to be inaugurated on August 15.

Published: 12th August 2017 03:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2017 09:12 AM   |  A+A-

The board put up by the South Western Railways at the Indira Canteen near Cantonment Railway Station, Jayamahal ward, stating that the land belongs to them | JITHENDRA M

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: The status of an Indira canteen near Cantonment Railway Station on a land which is claimed by the Railways as theirs, remains unconfirmed even as Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials are hopeful. After the canteen was constructed, authorities of South Western Railway put up a board in front of the structure, stating that the land belongs to them.

This is among the 125 canteens in the city that are to be inaugurated on August 15. A BBMP official said a gazetted notification from 2015 confirmed that the land belongs to BBMP. M K Gunashekar, councillor of Jayamahal ward where the canteen has been constructed, said the Railways never claimed the land earlier when the BBMP was carrying out works there.

“Earlier, there was a slum on the plot. I got it cleared, fenced the area, planted saplings and carried out beautification works using BBMP funds. At the time, no one from the Railways came forward,” he said. He added that the canteen’s location was chosen to benefit the economically backward people. He called on the Railway department to consider the fact that the canteen will help the poor. The councillor could not confirm if the canteen could start operations from August 16.

BBMP Joint Commissioner Dr Ashok said he would speak to the Railway officials regarding the issue on Saturday. Earlier, BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad had said a joint survey of the plot would be carried out to decide its ownership.

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.