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Mysuru: It is official now, the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) will finally take up the much-awaited road-widening and other beautification works of Irwin Road, one of the oldest streets of the city soon.
It may be recalled various organisations had waged a long battle for the development of this narrow road which had been causing traffic snarls daily.
Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G. Sankar has given the green signal for road-widening by 60 ft. (18 meters), beautification of the 850 meters stretch from Nehru Circle (Central Post Office) till Government Ayurveda College Circle.
About 76 of the 84 owners of various buildings had agreed for the demolition of their properties to facilitate road-widening and the MCC officials are continuing their efforts to convince the other property owners to fall in line.
Irwin Road will be widened by 60 feet after razing down existing buildings on either side and the MCC would purchase the available land for road-widening from the land owners. The Govt., which has offered Rs.13,075 per sq. ft. to the owners, has set aside Rs.33 crore as compensation to land owners.
The Government had released Rs.29.75 crore to be distributed among identified property owners.
MCC has marked the boundary and is ready to take up the road-widening works after settling full compensation amount of the property owners. The present market value of the land on Irwin road ranges between Rs.7,000 and Rs.8,000 per sq. ft., according to valuators.
As the Government has already offered Rs.13,075 per sq. ft., many property owners have agreed for the same and most of the property owners have voluntarily come forward to get their properties demolished to facilitate the road-widening work. Existing buildings would be demolished by 10 to 30 feet.
MCC will distribute compensation cheque to the owners on the spot after the owners transfer their land by entering into an agreement and certified at the office of the Sub Registrar.
MCC Commissioner K. H. Jagadeesha said that the demolition of the buildings for road widening will be taken up by the end of December this year and added that road widening and Under Ground Drainage system works would begin simultaneously on this stretch.
The MCC Commissioner further said that the MCC required Rs. 5 crore for the development of this road and will use its own grants for the road beautification works after taking necessary approvals from the State Government. Though the MCC had planned to widen the road in 2016 and had marked the boundary, the process was delayed as there was stiff opposition from property owners and members of various organisations, he added.
Jagadeesha said “this apart, some portion of the Anjaneyaswamy Temple belonging to the Muzrai Department and a part of Central Library building will be demolished for road-widening.”
If all goes well as planned, traffic congestion and frequent traffic jams on Irwin Road will come down giving a sigh of relief to motorists and those travelling on this road regularly.
Heritage North Arch Gate will be preserved
Farmers Vegetable Market on M.G. Road to be kept clear of road
More Bus Bays to be built
Mysuru: The nearly Rs.3.5 crore road widening and development work under the Chief Minister’s Rs.100 crore special grant has begun from the SP Office Circle, Nazarbad to Five Lights Circle, Lashkar Mohalla, on the Abba Road and B.N. Road stretch.
The road development work is going on in this 450-metre stretch widening it by 30 metres on either side. The work on this stretch was delayed as the permission to acquire a portion of the land in the Government Guest House was not given. But with the Deputy Commissioner giving his approval, the work has commenced.
The good news is that the more than 150-year-old heritage North Arch Gate will not be touched. “There is enough space of 28 metres at this junction and hence it will not be a hindrance to the traffic. However, the land inside the Government Guest House has been acquired for road widening,” said MCC Zone-7 Assistant Executive Engineer Srinivas speaking to Star of Mysore.
The road from SP Office Circle to Five Lights Circle is a narrow stretch and traffic density is very high. Hence, there was no choice but to widen this road. Already about Rs.64 lakh worth work has been completed, he said.
He also revealed that a portion of the land inside the Karnataka Police Academy (KPA), next to Government Guest House has also been acquired for road widening. The compounds of both the KPA and Government Guest House will be demolished and rebuilt once the road widening work is completed, he added.
The work on the box drain on either side of this stretch is on but the private property on the other side of the Government Guest House has not been acquired. The road will be widened only from the side of the KPA, said Srinivas.
Restrictions on M.G. Road Vegetable Market
The Farmers’ Vegetable Market on M.G. Road near Mall of Mysore causes a lot of traffic congestion as the farmers occupy the road with hardly any space for traffic movement, especially during mornings.
Traffic ACP G.N. Mohan and his team are planning to put up fencing along the market boundary near the road and place concrete road medians to restrict farmers from entering the road.
35 additional Bus Bays
The City Traffic Police and the Mysuru City Corporation are undertaking a joint survey to identify places for putting up 35 additional Bus Bays in the city. This work will be taken up under City Development Plan (Nagarothana Yojana) which has a balance of Rs.10 crore of the CM’s grant.