Satellite to map exact dimensions of Doddakere tank, says MLC

Satellite to map exact dimensions of Doddakere tank, says MLC

MLC Prof S R Leela inspects the Doddakere tank in Bangarpet  recently. dh photo

MLC Prof Leela has said that a satellite survey would be conducted to ascertain the extent of the Doddakere tank in the town.

The move comes in the light of the fact that the reports of the surveys conducted in recent days do not match with the original documents.

She was speaking after an inspection of the tank area during a visit to the town recently.

‘Survey inevitable’

“It has now become inevitable to conduct a survey through satellite. Six surveys have been conducted so far, since complaints about encroachment of the tank were first made,” she said.

While the area encroached was reported to be four acres in one instance, it was six acres in the other.

The exact extent of encroachment would be known only through satellite. The method was used to find out encroachment of many lakes in Bangalore, she said.

New reports

The original survey stones erected during the rule of the Maharajas should have been taken into consideration during the survey.

Instead reports prepared in recent times were the basis, leading to the problem, Prof Leela said. She took the staff of the survey department to task in this connection.

Residents complain

Local residents, who were present on the occasion, gave complaints to the MLC with regard to the encroachment of the tank bed.

According to the original documents of 1800, the tank is spread over 58 acres and nine guntas.

Feeder canals encroached

Also, the primary canals that feed water to the canal have been encroached.
The height of the bund of the Karahalli tank has also reduced over time, thus reducing the amount of water overflowing from it into the Doddakere tank.

Correct survey

It is said that the survey conducted in 1978 gives the correct dimension of the Doddakere tank. The process to estimate the extent of encroachment was set in motion after she raised the issue in the legislature, Leela said.

But vested interests were trying to prevent the survey report from becoming public, Leela said.

She said she had all the documents, including original documents, title deed, map and sketch.

The MLC said she would continue the fight till justice was done.

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