With Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) set to take up work on underground sections as part of the Gottigere-Nagawara line (Reach 6), several landmark properties will soon become a thing of the past. By April-end, BMRCL is likely to demolish many properties, including city’s iconic Fatima Bakery, Hotel Tom’s, Daniel Auto Garage and a BPCL fuel outlet near Shoolay Circle for the proposed Vellara Junction station. A strip of land of All Saints Church is also likely to be acquired by the BMRCL. Fatima Bakery’s non-vegetarian items have been a favourite for generations. Started in 1957 as a small bakery, it opened a supermarket in the 1980s. VF David, son of VP Francis, who set up the bakery, said: “It’s really painful to leave this place.
There is no alternative as Metro is a public utility and they have planned everything in advance David said they have now zeroed in on a shop near Sacred Heart Church on Richmond Road. Similarly, Hotel Tom’s, popular for its Mangaluru cuisine, has several regular customers. The shutting down of BPCL fuel outlet is likely to cause inconveniences to motorists in the central business district (CBD). Another fuel outlet, Nagpal Service Station, on Residency Road was closed in February. The BMRCL had earlier decided to acquire 20-30 properties to have two entry-exits for the Vellara Junction station, but later a single entry-exit was finalised, likely to come up near Fatima Bakery.
In February, L&T received the contract for the underground section from Vellara Junction to Shivajinagar (2.7km) and Shivajinagar to Pottery Town (2.8km). The firm will build five stations — Vellara Jn, MG Road, Shivajinagar, Cantonment and Pottery Town. “We’d identified these properties for Metro acquisition in 2017. We’ve to demolish them without delay as we have to hand over the land to L&T. We will resolve the compensation issues in a few days,” said a senior BMRCL official. Sources say BMRCL is likely to pay Rs 104 crore through Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board for these properties near Shoolay Circle. Of this, Church of South India, which owns a majority of the land, may get Rs 93 crore and the remaining will be paid to the owners, who are on lease, for structural damages.
Separately, BMRCL managed to acquire the defence land on MG Road and Vellara Junction at Rs 30 crore. “We will acquire some small shops in Shivajinagar and a portion of the BBMP playground for Metro work,” added the official.
Congregation members of the 150-year-old All Saints Church near Shoolay Circle urged the BMRCL not to proceed with the move to temporarily acquire its compound for Metro work. Besides permanently acquiring 3,532sq m of land belonging to the church, the BMRCL also wants to take over 4,833sq m of land temporarily, they said in a release. “We had given our nod to permanently acquire some properties. But now BMRCL wants to temporarily acquire another 4,833sq m, which was not notified earlier. If they acquire church land, then both gates will be blocked and we wouldn’t be able to attend weekly masses or other functions such as weddings,” they said.
The heritage building, they say, can accommodate about 300 members, but now they have around 700 members. “Currently, we are accommodating them in the lawn, a major portion of which will be taken over temporarily. We also run an old-age home and an opportunity school, catering to 60 differently abled children, on the church premises,” the members added.