Sorry. You have to pay for our lack of foresight…

20 Jun

Thats what the government and public bodies seem to tell us.

Progress for Bangalore comes at a very high price. The metro, the road widenings etc have one very common victim..the working middle class and in rural areas its the farmers.

I met a person recently who has received notification saying that he was going to lose his property to road widening. “We’ve lived here for 40 years” he said..”now they want to kick us out so they can make life easier for the new crowd. What about us? Where do we go now?”

Its progress but at what cost?

Then theres the Global Investors Meet where the Bidadi township is being revived. Wonder how many farmers lose their land here..unfortunately the opposition seems to be ticked off that they are missing out on the party rather than stand up for the common man…

Heres a question… How many politicians have lost their property to any of these road widening or metro exercises.

Most likely the answer will be ZERO.


7 Responses to “Sorry. You have to pay for our lack of foresight…”

  1. bach June 20, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    I dint get it. What is the context? Any news should I be reading ?

    • Vijay June 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

      @bach..just general ranting about all those houses, open spaces that they seem to be acquiring to make Bangalore ‘modern’

      Sent from my Mobile Device

  2. Lekhni June 20, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    The govt has started using eminent domain for road widening? What is the compensation like? Anywhere close to market rates?

    • Vijay June 21, 2010 at 4:41 am #

      The Govt says its close to market rates but those who have received it say no… in fact the value of land goes down after the notification..

  3. kalyani June 20, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    my response to ur last question is : none. None of the so called minsters or their chamchas or the paper pushers have ever ever had the wonderful opportunity to be thrown out of the houses they have (illegaly bought and) lived. For that matter, I have known the erstwhile KEB(before it got morphed into the now BESCOM) employees even having 25*7 power supply when the rest of us were subjected to both scheduled and unscheduled power cuts, esp during March, and during monsoons and whenever the KEB employee felt that his pay wasnt enough to go by, and the ‘gimbla’ (kannada) that he earned by restoring the so-called power cut would add into his un-taxable income 🙂 Reality bites, anyone?

  4. RamMmm June 22, 2010 at 4:03 am #

    And they are playing with the TDR dangling. No clue whether it is of any use or not in a city like Bengaluru.

    First and foremost, nobody on the road seems to have a road sense. It is free-for-all. 😦 If it improves a notch, traffic will improve by several notches.

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