The BBMP authorities seem to have convinced the owner of a commercial complex in the Majestic area, to part with 7,000 -square-foot land, for road widening near Shantala Silk Junction.
The narrow bend near the Shantala Silk Junction is resulting in traffic congestion at peak hours. Owner of the City Centaur Shopping Complex H M Nataraj said he had agreed to give the land so that traffic congestion on the road can be eased.
“The market rate in this area is much higher. All I am asking the BBMP is to give sub-registrar’s (SR) rate for my property.”
Nataraj said the current market value per sq feet is around `15,000 and SR rate will be around 50 per cent less than the market value.
“Now, it is up to the corporation to take a decision,” he added.
“The BBMP is keen on getting the land. The owner wants sub registrar (SR) rate per sq feet and we have not yet decided on it. If the situation demands money, the mayoral grant will be used to acquire the land and take up the project,” Mayor B S Sathyanarayana told Express.
The mayor said that acquiring the property and widening the road will go a long way to ensure hassle free movement of traffic between parts of north and south Bangalore.
“My aim is to provide a direct link from Bull Temple Road to Majestic without any major traffic jam,” he added.
An officer at the Chickpet police station said that the narrow bend was leading to major traffic congestions near the junction and it also hit the traffic on Goods Shed Road, Railway Underbridge and Khoday’s Circle.
“Residents of areas including Rajajinagar, Rajarajeshwarinagar, J J Nagar, Girinagar, Vijayanagar and Byatarayanpura commute through this route everyday. It is a single lane and it gets bottlenecked in the morning hours. Traffic movement becomes slow from 8.30 am onwards and persists till 11.30 am. During the movement of VIPs, traffic coming from Goods Shed Road has to be stopped, and if we stop traffic for 10 minutes, it takes hours to clear it.” said traffic PSI T V Suresh.
Buses coming from KSRTC bus station’s terminal 3 also contribute to the traffic congestion here, Suresh added.