After receiving notice from the BBMP, informing them about acquisition of a portion of their property for road widening, residents of Sarjapur are busy in hiring Private Surveyors. The notice says that the Apartment Association should submit land records using the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) form as the road is to be widened by 45 feet. In TDR notices, the BBMP only mentions the proposed road widening width. They do not mention the specific amount or how much property will be lost to road widening.
The residents of Golden Corner Apartment Bangalore on Sarjapur Road decided to carry out a survey after speaking to a BBMP Junior Engineer. Bharti Jayshankar, President, Golden Corner Apartments’ Association, says that the engineer himself gave them a contact number of a land surveyor, Alcon Surveyors. On contacting Alcon Surveyors, they said that they have so far not carried out any such survey in the city but have recently started a pilot project for the BBMP for road widening.But later they found Guideline Surveys in the yellow pages and approached them for the task.
Guideline Surveys’ Managing Partner, L A Arri, says that people have been approaching them for surveys with respect to road widening, for three main reasons. They give them precise measurements of their property, calculate how much property will be lost to road widening, and if required land includes the building or only setback.
“People are afraid that more land will be taken and less compensation will be given”, says Arri.He showed a survey map of one of the road widening projects they worked on.The maps are given in a digital format to the client and it shows what the property will look like after land loss. The maps also include point-to-point information on the location of poles, trees and so on, on the property.Arri says the BBMP will not give all this information to residents.
BBMP’s Chief Engineer (Major Roads), T N Chikkarayappa says that that TDR notices only mention the length of road widening to be done. “We anyways make markings on the wall”, he adds. The residents are provided all information in a pamphlet. “You tell me who has doubts, I’ll tell my engineers to give information”, he says. About people carrying out surveys privately, Chikkarayappa says, “If there is any doubt, they can definitely carry out surveys and check for any discrepancy.”