Dist admn reclaims 16 acres of encroached land in city

Market value of the land is pegged at crores of rupees

Women collect Raddish grown on encroached land, even as officials claimed the area, in Mysore on Thursday. DH PHoto

The land was converted into an agricultural land where a few families of Jayangar were growing vegetables and papaya for more than three decades.

A posse of officials led by Tahasildar Manjunatha Swamy and senior MUDA officials with a team of gangmen cleared the encroached area in the morning. They moved the excavators to level the tilled land and destroyed the crops and papaya trees grown there amidst tight police security. The officials and the police thwarted the bid of people who encroached the loand to stage a snap dharna in protest condemning the operation. Interestingly, they had also put up a board saying tresspassers would be prosecuted.

The encroached area adjacent to the ISCKON temple is called the Malalavadi lake. The authorities also issued a notice on seven families for building houses on government land. These residents were asked to vacate the land within two weeks or face the demolition of houses. These houses were found to have been encroached upon a public road connecting two by-lanes in Jayangar.

Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta visited the spot along with other revenue officials. Talking to reporters, he said the district administration would continue with its operation to clear the government land from encroachments across the district in the coming days. In another case, the officials reclaimed about one acre 16 guntas of land off Hunsur road worth about Rs 3 crores. They demolished a four houses and a about three garriage set up in the government land near Yashaswini convention hall. The residents of the demolished houses would be suitably rehablitated under Ashraya scheme, a release from Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta said.

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