Compensation row delays Hardware Park

Compensation row delays Hardware Park

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 23 July 2008, 03:57 Hrs
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Bangalore: Bangalore's Electronic Hardware park project stands delayed, in midst of Karnataka International Area Development Board (KIADB) and the farmers' compensation rows. The disagreement on the amount offered impedes the land acquisition for the project.

This project, which was initiated in 2002 near Devannahalli, still lays open-ended on the acquisition of the 869 acres of land, comprising of the three villages Bagalur, Hoovanayakanahalli and Mahadeva Kodigehalli. The compensation demanded by the affected farmers was 15,000 sq ft of developed land for every acquired acre but, the government, who made an offer of 8,500 sq ft of developed land per acre, refused it. This made them alter it to cash compensation of rupees three crores per acre. Yet, the talks are on between the two party with KIADB, led by Bangalore urban deputy commissioner G N Nayak, representing the government's deal of around 60 lakh per acre. Unofficial news is heard regarding the new industrial policy, which could fix the standard land-for-land compensation at 9,600 sq ft of developed land per acre.

The scene gets murkier with the villagers pinpointing the hypocrisy of the government, as put in the words of D S Gowda, convener of the Raitha Horata Samithi, "The excess land left after construction of the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) was handed over to various government departments at rupees three crore per acre. Those areas are also in Devanahalli. How can they fix rates that are so different from each other?"

Reimbursement provided for the farmers, who lost land for the aerospace park in Devanahalli, was 55 lakh per acre for the rural and 57 lakh per acre for the urban areas. Muninarayanappa, special land acquisition officer, KIADB, said that mutually agreeable packages, which should be in accordance with policy level, are sought through these meetings.

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