Don't permit changes in land use pattern: HC

 The High Court has restrained the Karnataka government from granting permission to change the land use pattern in the City until further orders.

Justice Ram Mohan Reddy passed the interim order while hearing C N Kumar’s petition challenging Section 14 (A) of Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, 1961, which empowers the planning authority and the Karnataka government to change the land use for purposes other than that is earmarked in the development plan.

The petitioner submitted that the Section 14 (A) is being grossly abused by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) as well as the Karnataka government, which are permitting indiscriminate change in land use.

He also submitted that the government failed to set up a Metropolitan Planning Committee to scrutinise the development plan as per Section 503 of Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, 1976.

Corporator’s plea adjourned

The HC, adjourned the hearing a petition by former corporator V Nagaraj alias Bomb Nagraj, who has challenged the decision of police to book him under Goonda Act after the government submitted that it needs more time to file objections.

The petitioner had challenged the decision and had submitted that he is a reformed person now.

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