Dist admin reclaims properties after 49 yrs

In a pre-dawn operation, district administration cleared 15 properties, majority of them garages adjacent to Nanjaraj Bahadur Choultry here on Saturday. The properties were reclaimed after a gap of good 49 years.

The operation, that was launched at 4 am, lasted for an hour with the earth movers and gangmen deployed by the authorities clearing the properties from Vinobha road towards Dhanwantri road junction, that also included a house behind a garage.

The occupants of the house vacated on their own thus facilitating the drive. However, five other properties that included a tea stall and garages could not be removed following stay orders from the Court.

It had become inevitable for the authorities to decide on razing the properties that had changed hands over a period of time. Properties, initially belonging to Nanjaraj Bahadur Choultry Dharma Samithi in 1961 had been given on rent, and also leased out.

In the later years, the original tenants and lessees sub-let them for monetary gains.

However, when the properties were later handed over to Muzrai Department under Religious Endowment Act in 1964, all rent/ lease agreements were cancelled. But, it had become a challenge to vacate them as some of the tenants/ lessees had moved court.
People sleeping on the pavements of shops in the vicinity who woke up to the sound of earth moving vehicles, watched silently even as the bucket of earth mover pulled down the shops. In no time, some of the shop owners also arrived, but didn’t intervene in the operation.

ACP (Devaraja sub-division) V A Pujar led the police force.  Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) Secretary Vidyakumari and Mysore City Corporation (MCC) Assistant Commissioner Thimmappa and Tahsildar Manjunath Swamy.

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