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Residents of Padarayanapura oppose road-widening project

Residents of Padarayanapura on Monday protested against the BBMP’s proposed roadwidening project from Binny Mill Tank Bund Road to Vijayanagar. The 25-feet-wide road – set to pass through Ranganatha Colony, Padarayanapura, Goripalya and Hosahalli Main Road – is slated to be widened to 80 feet. Local residents say that the roadwidening will result in the demolition of their houses, shops and other buildings. “A few days back, the BBMP issued a notification through newspapers that there will be a roadwidening project in this stretch. The BBMP has declared that the residents who lose their

property will not be compensated financially but will be given Transferable Development Rights only,” said N Ravi, Co-Convenor, Save Bangalore Committee. The protesters were dispersed by the police, citing the election model code of conduct. Later, the residents and property owners submitted a complaint letter to the BBMP Commissioner, Manjunath Prasad. Manjunath Prasad, said, “There is no need to panic since there is a model code of conduct. The project will not be taken up for three months. If residents don’t need the project, we will reconsider it.”

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