Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has taken possession of around 15 acres and 17.5 guntas of palace land, located on both Jayamahal Road and Bellary Road, by offering compensation under the transferable development rights (TDR) scheme. The erstwhile Mysuru royal family is likely to challenge the compensation of around Rs 1 crore in the Supreme Court, saying it is not at par with the market value.

BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Girinath confirmed that the civic body has taken possession of the land, which will be used for widening the roads. The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), he said, is responsible for issuing Development Rights Certificates (DRCs) to the property owners.

Last month, the civic body had issued notices to the Mysuru royal family to conduct a joint inspection of the property on June 18. After no response to the notice, the BBMP issued a second notice on June 26, stating that the civic body would take possession of the palace land if the family did not participate in the inspection scheduled for July 1.

When the second notice also failed to receive any response, the BBMP reportedly went ahead with the process to take over the palace land. According to sources, the BDA is planning to send the copy of the DRC – worth Rs 1 crore – to the royal family through emergency post as no one came forward to physically collect it.

The BBMP arrived at the compensation based on an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) in May this year. It directed the civic body to follow the Bangalore Palace (Acquisition and Transfer) Act, 1996, which had fixed Rs 11 crore as the value for the entire 472-acre palace land. That works out to about Rs 35 lakh for 15 acres and 17.5 guntas. A compensation of Rs 1 crore was arrived at by taking into account 1.5 of the base value and simple interest.

A source close to the former Mysuru royal family expressed disappointment with the manner in which the compensation was arranged.

“We are going to challenge the compensation in the Supreme Court as it is contrary to the court’s directions,” he said.

“The DRC is based on market value and that is not in the certificate. The value is obtained by selling it on the market,” he said.

There are two cases pending in the Supreme Court regarding the 472-acre Bengaluru Palace land. First, the compensation of Rs 11 crore stipulated in the 1996 Act. Second, the acquisition of 15 acres of land for widening roads.

Reliable sources have informed DH that the value of compensation is mentioned in the Development Rights Certificates (DRCs) as per the TDR rules notified in 2016 so that there can be no misuse.

Published July 3, 2024, 9:49 PM IST