BENGALURU: To ensure better parking space for commuters, BBMP had taken a decision to set up multi-level parking lots in the vicinity of 40 Metro stations as well as railway stations in the city and had called upon public to hand over their lands in public interest. However, there has been very poor response from the city with some interest shown only at Yeshwantpur. BBMP is now going in for another round of tendering.
Earlier, the tenders were called for on June 12. It asked those having land ranging between 2 acres and 5 acres to hand them over to BBMP in exchange for a fixed compensation.
BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad told Express, “One landowner at Yeshwantpur is willing to hand over 2 acres of land. It is located near the railway station as well as Metro stations and will really help commuters of both modes of transport.” BBMP will be setting up a multi-level parking lot here now.
However, to attract more interest, it has now decided to modify one of the main conditions in its previous tender and re-issue it shortly. “We had earlier asked for land close to Metro stations possessed by public. In the new tender that we plan to call, BBMP has asked for land within walking distance of Metro stations,” the Commissioner said.
The compensation to be paid by BBMP was to be in the form of Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) certificates, which the Bangalore Development Authority would issue. To goad landowners to part with their properties for infrastructure development, the state had raised the TDR from 1.5 to 2 by from March this year. This implies that the owner will be permitted to build on double the quantum of land area offered to the government.
Asked about the reasons for the lack of enthusiasm among public despite the better compensation offered, Prasad said, “There is a high possibility that not many have land available right next to the 40 stations. So, we decided to change the conditions. Let us wait and see the response.”BMRCL has also been initiating efforts to provide parking facilities at all its stations. However, it has been facing space constraints at a few stations.