BENGALURU: For the third Sunday in a row, protests continued against the decision of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited to acquire land belonging to All Saints Church. BMRCL has issued a notice to acquire nearly 883 square meters of the church property, on the Richmond Road-Hosur Road junction, to carry out infrastructure work for the Vellara Junction metro station on its underground corridor ( Kalena Agrahara-Gottigere line).
The protest began at 10:30 a.m. and continued until 5:30 p.m. in the open space inside the church premises, with nearly 300 people, including members of the church’s environmental organizations. Banners against the acquisition of the land were displayed by the participants.
Ebenezer Prem Kumar, who played a key role in the protests organized by the church congregation, told TNIE: “BMRCL wants to build the vent for its Vellara Junction metro station here and sent us a notification on the 4th. November about it. We fear for the safety of our church, which is 152 years old.
Kumar said he also offered an alternative to BMRCL. “The corporation had already acquired 103 meters of land belonging to the Defense on the other side of the church. The proposed structures could be built there, ”he added. BMRCL did not respond to questions.