Mysuru-Kushalnagar four-lane Highway: Land, forest hurdles hamper road works
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Mysuru-Kushalnagar four-lane Highway: Land, forest hurdles hamper road works

January 29, 2022

DC, officials assure all impediments will be cleared in a time-bound manner

Mysore/Mysuru: A special meeting was called at the Mysuru Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) Office this morning regarding the implementation of the Mysuru-Kushalnagar four-lane, 93-km National Highway (NH) parallel to the existing NH-275. The meeting took into account certain hurdles that have to be cleared before the tenders are called by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha, Chamundeshwari MLA G.T. Devegowda, Deputy Commissioner Dr. Bagadi Gautham and a host of officials attended the meeting. The NH with a width of 45 metres, will start from Bramhapura between Paschimavahini and Naguvanahalli near Srirangapatna and end at Anekadu near Kushalnagar.

It is a fully Centrally-funded Project including land acquisition and other overhead costs. The road will not touch Mysuru and will link the Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway that is being expanded to a 10-lane Expressway.

The project will be implemented in three phases and a major hurdle is land acquisition. Over 500 hectares of land has to be acquired for the project and there are many government and private land that come in the way. There are many acres that have been granted by the government as ‘saguvali’ to marginalised communities and these have to be cleared and ‘durast’ status has to be accorded to such lands for compensation to be distributed.

Tahsildars of Mysuru, Hunsur, Periyapatna, Deputy Directors and Assistant Directors of Land Records were asked to survey the land as per the path of the Highway and ensure the process of ‘podi’ and ‘durast’ are completed.

The DC asked the officials to conduct a survey and clear the land hurdles within a month so that the project tenders can be called in March this year. Once the Deputy Director of Land Records submits a report to the DC, the land conversion comes into force.

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Secondly, the officials from Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) have been asked to shift their 15 substations and power grids that are along the NH and funds will be provided by the NHAI for the shifting process.

Over 34.5 acres of forest land comes under the project purview and among the lands many people are cultivating crops. Forest officials were asked by the DC to clear the confusion whether it is forest land or revenue land and handover the same to the NHAI after appropriate clearance.

The NH will pass through 57 canals and 11 lakes from Paschimavahini to Kushalnagar. These lands must also be handed over to the NHAI. There is a controversy in the land acquisition at Periyapatna where certain Tibetans are claiming ownership over the land though the land was granted to them by the Centre as part of the international amnesty policy.

Officials were asked how Tibetans can claim ownership though they do not possess documents of the land. They were directed to take inputs from the Ministry of External Affairs and clear the hurdles after allotting alternative land if cultivated and after examining the feasibility.

Zilla Panchayat CEO A.M. Yogesh, Project Director of Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway B.T. Sridhar, Special Land Acquisition Officer A. Devaraj, Manager Venkatachala, Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) Executive Engineers Sunil and Mohan, Tahsildars and land record officers of Hunsur, Mysuru and Periyapatna, Forest and Horticulture Department officers were present.

8 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Mysuru-Kushalnagar four-lane Highway: Land, forest hurdles hamper road works”

  1. H V P Urs says:

    ‘Make hay while the Sun shines’ is being followed by MP, despite opposition from locals. There were protest marches held at Mysore and Madikeri opposing MYSORE / Madikeri Railway Line and Four laning of the existing road. Our polititians never learn and hell bent in destroying Nature.

  2. Spare those kaadus. They are indispensable. You have reached the carrying capacity of the earth as signalled by nature confining you all to pigeon holes with pandemics after pandemics, catastrophes like climate change. A better work is to give permanent jobs to all by ecological management works like recharging the water table by reforestation, preserving nature and making available drinking water locally.
    (C) 2022 Ramaswami Ashok Kumar

  3. Gusto says:

    car-loving Indians means multiple-lane highways, deforestation, eco systems destruction and pathetic contribution to climate change.
    The central government means Modi, a Gujarathi slefies-loving idiot contributing to the destruction of this earth.
    Well, this scheme wil lbe followed by another scheme of linking Kerala to Mysuru with multiple lane highways to help the gold -smuggling mob of Malayalles to launder their ill-gotten money from their trade in the Gulf States by migrating in large numbers to Mysuru and nearby towns and villages to destroy more the city. There will be expansion of the Manadakalli Airport to carry jet liners from the Gulf States, yet more deforestation and yet more eco system destruction.
    USA has multiple lane highways, with a quarter of India population and multiple times of the GDP, China too has a large land mass compared to India
    Go ahead, and finish the country with pollution.

  4. Gusto says:

    car-loving Indians means multiple-lane highways, deforestation, eco systems destruction and pathetic contribution to climate change.
    The central government means Modi, a Gujarathi slefies-loving idiot contributing to the destruction of this earth.
    Well, this scheme wil lbe followed by another scheme of linking Kerala to Mysuru with multiple lane highways to help the gold -smuggling mob of Malayalles to launder their ill-gotten money from their trade in the Gulf States by migrating in large numbers to Mysuru and nearby towns and villages to destroy more the city. There will be expansion of the Manadakalli Airport to carry jet liners from the Gulf States, yet more deforestation and yet more eco system destruction.
    USA has multiple lane highways, with a quarter of India population and multiple times of the GDP, China too has a large land mass compared to India
    Go ahead, and finish the country with pollution.

  5. Ravi Shankar says:

    We need highways to become a powerfull country so we can take on enemies like China. Those who are constantly opposed to development want to keep India poor and weak. India must surge ahead and take its place as a superpower after US & China. These bleeding hearts who constantly oppose development & progress while they themselves live in comfort and style are nothing but hypocrites.

  6. Howdy, Modi! says:

    @Ravi
    Highways do not help third world India to take on China , which is a superpower-economically and militarily.
    China besides is a permanent member of the UN security council and shapes the world politics as one of the three superpowers-US and Russia are the other 2. It is a massive manufacturing giant, unlike India which uses cheap IT labour to carry out program coding for large UUS IT companies, and nothing else. Indians use China’s expertise in mobile computing and communications area, by downloading their apps.
    In case you have amnesia, China tested successfully a hypersonic missile, the like of which even US and Russia do not have.
    Ask CNR Rao, about science advancements in China, where India is not even a player.
    You seem to have a strange hallucination.
    Highways cutting down forests can only result in heavy pollution and eco system destruction.

  7. Gusto says:

    Hello Ravi Shankar
    Could you tell us, how these highways will help India to take on China?
    In case , you are not aware, there are more than 400 millions of Indians who are below the Un-defined poverty threshold, have no clean water, have no toilets and live in shanty towns made of card board/tin boxes.
    Have you seen the poor in Mysuru? With Rs 5000 per quintal of rice and Rs 200 per litre of edible oil, do you think that the poor could afford them?
    India is a massive corrupt country, and it will never become a superpower except in the area of corruption.
    You seem very ignorant .

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