Court cases hold up 60 mts work on Irwin Road
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Court cases hold up 60 mts work on Irwin Road

December 2, 2021
  • Two property owners approach High Court against demolition move
  • We are ready to complete road widening work but our hands are tied: MCC

Mysore/Mysuru: Only two properties extending up to 60 metres have to be demolished to realise the full benefits of a widened and a beautified Irwin Road. The Mysuru City Corporation has not gone ahead with the demolition as the building owners have approached the Karnataka High Court.

Only a portion of the stretch — from Railway Station to Ayurveda College Circle — has been widened and the 850-metre stretch of the road from Ayurveda College Circle to Arch Gate on B.N. Road is pending. Of the pending works, 60-metre drain has to be constructed and 70 metres have to be asphalted.

Though over 70 percent of the demolition and widening of the road has been completed between the Arch Gate till the City Railway Station (Babu Jagjivan Ram Circle), the 450-metre stretch from Government Ayurveda College Circle till Nehru Circle (Lashkar Police Station) is the bone of contention.  

Among the contentious properties is the Jumma Masjid which was built by Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar in 1927 and now owned and managed by Wakf Board and a private building owned by an advocate. Both of them have approached the High Court against the demolition.

Earlier, the entire stretch from the Arch Gate till the Railway Station was only 28-ft wide and now the stretch (except for 60 metres where demolition is pending) has a width of 60-ft (18 metres) including footpath.

Speaking to Star of Mysore, MCC Zone 6 Development Officer Manjunath, who is also the in-charge Assistant Commissioner for the Zone said that the MCC’s hands were tied due to the legal tangle.

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“Works are almost complete and we are ready to complete the project. We have spared no efforts to convince the property owners but they are not relenting. The MCC has already paid a compensation of Rs. 3.5 crore to the Wakf Board but still they have approached the High Court,” he said.

There were 84 properties on the road and the demolition of two properties is pending. “Rs. 38 crore was set aside as compensation and Rs. 27 crore has been paid already. Rs. 3 crore has been reserved for the building owned by the advocate and Rs. 2 crore will be paid to the management of Panchamukhi Anjaneyaswamy Temple and Rs. 3 crore will be paid to the Central Library. The properties owned by the Temple and the  Library have already been demolished and only the payment has to be made to them,” he explained.

Irwin Road is one of the busiest roads in city that connects the suburban bus stand to Railway Station. But it is also choked with vehicles, given the dense commercial growth along the stretch, thus making road expansion difficult. Now with only  60 metres of the works pending, it has become a bottleneck for vehicles.

15 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Court cases hold up 60 mts work on Irwin Road”

  1. Raghu says:

    This shows how efficient the lawyers which MCC has hired are, disgusting to see the MCC officials for being so hopeless.
    Thank god the institution like NHAI doesn’t have officers like how MCC is having, if they too had the officials like this, completing Mysore-Banglore would have taken 1-2 centuries.

  2. M Suhail says:

    I totally agree with Raghu. One cannot understand why the dug out portion opposite the mosque and State Bank of India has not been asphalted. It is absolute apathy on the part of MCC Engineer. The court cases are pending on the demolition issue. The part of the road which needs asphalting is out of this. Why has the MCC not asphalted only this part of the road ?? Its the busiest road towards K R Hospital, Railway Station and to many Colleges and the university Office.

  3. M Suhail says:

    I totally agree with Raghu. One cannot understand why the dug out portion opposite the mosque and State Bank of India has not been asphalted. It is absolute apathy on the part of MCC Engineer. The court cases are pending on the demolition issue. The part of the road which needs asphalting is out of this. Why has the MCC not asphalted only this part of the road ?? Its the busiest road towards K R Hospital, Railway Station and to many Colleges and the university Office.

  4. Kumar says:

    Court should take earliest decision in the interest of public , it should not prolonge like other cases which takes years

  5. Manju says:

    High Court should clear this issue soon. No property should be spared when it comes to public interest. These cases should not be hanging for years.

  6. boregowda says:

    Looks like the law of eminent domain does not apply to mosque and the lawyer – what a joke. Pity the people who commute on this dreadful stretch of unpaved ill maintained road. This is how the most corrupt and inefficient MCC and MUDA operate.

  7. BIMESH says:

    Where are you people so called public represents….?

  8. Venkatesha says:

    Very sad to see how MCC officials and Politicians are working towards City development. They do not have any commitments in developing the city.

  9. Garadi Mane Questo says:

    Hey posters , you need to focus on this bit of the report above: “Among the contentious properties is the Jumma Masjid which was built by Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar in 1927 and now owned and managed by Wakf Board and a private building owned by an advocate. Both of them have approached the High Court against the demolition”
    The whole project is on a limbo it appears: that is the reason for the non-asphalting this small stretch of road opposite to this mosque, which the Wakf board will say is as holy as the Dome of Rock mosque in Jersusalem!!
    Are you not aware that Muslims in India , given their own laws, are a cut above, you hapless Hindu Indians?
    The Wakf Board , if you want to know history, was created to look after their special subjects-the Muslims, and were given hard currency to visit Mecca, when India had very low hard currency reserve in 1960s, denying even machinery imports.
    Do not blame the MCC and MUDA, but blame your country’s founding fathers who gave Muslims, a special status as minorities then, to please Jinnah and today they are the largest group aside from Hindus, more than the sum of all Muslims residing in Middle-East countries.
    The High Court, corrupt to the core, will stay the demolition for the next 5 decades.

  10. Shantala says:

    If there was instead a Hindu worship place, it would have been demolished ages ago.
    The Wakf board has links to Mecca, Riyadh, and the Saudi Royalty, and they will howl religious persecution.
    The whole Nazarbad will riot.
    I am reminded of a similar story, when the then Mysuru council, it was then, wanted to clear the shanty huts near Nanju Malige where Tongal Wallahs in large numbers, each with 5 wives and a dozen children resided , and the place was spreading infectious diseases. Well, the whole Nazarbad Muslim population holed and demonstrated. Only the arrival of autos, which killed these Tongas with poorly fed horses, solved the problem.

  11. Shantala says:

    Sorry Corrections: “Tonga Wallahs”, “howled”

  12. boregowda says:

    It was Nehru and Congress that relegated Hindus to second class citizens and giving corrupt politicians and their chamchas a freehand for controlling and looting the Hindu temples

  13. A V Prasanna says:

    Once again points to the incompetent Indian courts, where anyone and everyone has a right to file a case and wait merrily for decades for hearing to come. In this case no wonder an advocate is safe gaurding his interest, and the wakf board which is powerful as they follow only muslim law. India is a only country where muslims follow their own law and not the law of the country. Thanks to the politicians who formulated these rules during 1947. This Irwin road has only two bottle necks, thanks to the others who co operated for the development. Public should boycott the Advocate and Wakaf board, while courts should throw the case out with in the next few days.

  14. TRIMURTHY Murthy says:

    Would ever the road get widened, seems to be impossible mission.🙄

  15. Informed says:

    Irony. Anjaneya temple is demolished but yet to be paid. But Masjit is already paid but not demolished. Should MCC cowards and corrupts be blamed for this, or Sri Nalwadi Wadiyar who built this masjit in first place. Entire waqf board should be abolished.
    MCC cowards must take back the money paid to these jihadis, its tax payers money paid by hard working Hindus.

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