Rewind Bengaluru - The year that was
31 Dec 2010, Citizen Matters
Here's a quick look at what South Bengaluru witnessed this 2010.
South Bangalore happenings
Metro work, road-widening, underpass construction and new Corporators were the most prominent happenings of Jayanagar, JP Nagar and BTM Layout this year. In June, the Karnataka High Court disposed a writ petition relating to the construction of the station at South End, Jayanagar, Bangalore, giving the project a shot in the arm. Residents of south Bangalore came together to form the Ring Road Property Owner’s Association (RRPOA) to fight against road-widening. They were protesting BBMP’s road-widening plans from Central Silk Board to Mysore Road (14.5 kms). This was one of the first instances of a citizen’s collective against road-widening.
In September, L&T South City, a premium apartment conclave came under litigation as apartment owners filed cases against the developer and land owners for not disclosing of relinquishment deed before the sale. The owner of the land had relinquished 12 acres of land in 1996 to the BDA. In December, they filed another case against BDA and got a stay against tender notices that BDA floated to build a shopping complex in the disputed land.
In October, Puttenahalli Lake finally filled up due to the efforts of some residents of JP Nagar. The task took months, good rains and a key inlet being opened up helped the matter. The Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust (PNLIT) is working on bringing back the greenery around the lake too.
The much-delayed underpass at Puttenahalli has been completed is open for trial-runs. The underpass built at a cost of Rs 23 crore was to be complete in ten months when construction began in May 2008 but was delayed severely.
Metro Phase II has been approved and the Jayanagar line will go till Sarakki Lake station. Another metro line from Nagavara to Gottigere was also approved. The NICE dispute at Gottigere was finally resolved. The SC gave its nod for the work over the Gottigere Lake to be completed.
This year also saw BBMP elections finally happen. Manjunath Reddy (Cong) from Madiwala, G N R Babu (Cong) from BTM Layout, N Chandrashekar Raju (BJP) from JP Nagar, S K Nataraj (BJP) from Sarakki and L Ramesh (BJP) from Puttenahalli are the corporators of your area. How often have you interacted with them, since the elections?