Site allottees at Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout (NOKL) can expect some relief on the front of basic amenities in their surroundings as the Bangalore Development Authority has issued a public notice for procurement of the pending lands for constructing the major arterial road on 321 acres of land.

The six-lane, 100-metre- wide, 10.8-km-long major arterial road, which is part of the peripheral ring road PRR-2, starts from Kadabagere Circle of Magadi Road and runs up to RR Medical College of Mysuru Road while passing through NPKL.

Joint secretary of NPKL Open Forum, Surya Kiran AS said, “Failure to acquire bits and pieces of 321 acres was interfering with the road work. The bottleneck for supplying Cauvery water to NPKL at Machohalli will also be sorted out as this land acquisition is resolved. Now, we can get ready to build homes in the layout.”

BDA officials confirmed that due to pending land acquisition, they were finding it hard to execute some basic works on the layout. According to the official notice issued by BDA on December 3, the land to be acquired belongs to farmers from Bengaluru North, Seegehalli, Yeshwantpur, Kodigehalli, Kannali, parts of Kengeri, Kambipura, Kommaghatta, Challaghatta, Kenchanapura, and Sulikere.

The notice directed the farmers to be available on December 9 on their land and hand it over to BDA, failing which, it will be taken into possession as per the Land Acquisition Act.

Delay in handing over the land to the engineering section had led to hampering the completion of NPKL works. There is a lack of sites for allotment to land losers, who are asking for sites along the major arterial road. Also, BDA officials have played a part in adding to the problems as delay in clearing contractors’ bills has impacted the work rate, said BDA commissioner G Kumar Naik.

Kumar Naik said, “However, we are resolving all the issues. I have promised the site owners that I will organize a review meeting on the NPKL soon.”

RERA had set two deadlines – 2018 and December 2021 to complete the NPKL project which has been lapsed at first. Now, BDA has set a deadline for itself to finish the works by March-April 2023 and confirm all basic infrastructure is provided at the layout spread over 4,040 acres.

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