HC stay order spares 3 houses during M'lore demolition drive

HC stay order spares 3 houses during M'lore demolition drive



The district administration demolished six houses, an equal number of sheds and seven compound walls worth over Rs 5 crore at Someshwar and Uchil for encroaching government land and violating CRZ norms.
However, it could not demolish houses built by Pramod Kumar Rai, Joseph Saldanha and Ajith Malli as they had filed writ petition seeking stay order in the High Court. Following this, the HC on November 2 had directed the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district and Revenue Department secretary or any other persons concerned to appear before November 11.

Meanwhile, another big house built at a cost of around Rs 2 crore in a site of a fisherwoman, Kamala, was razed to the ground. Though Kamala had a hut on the site, a palatial house facing the sea was built violating all rules by a rich businessman later. In fact, the Someshwara gram panchayat had issued a door number to Kamala’s hut in government land several years ago. However, the same government land has been ‘sold’ to this wealthy person without any documents and the palatial house had come up. The paradox is that none of the officials know who Kamala is, even as the palatial house with electricity connection was ready for house-warming on November 9.

120 illegal buildings

Deputy Commissioner V Ponnuraj told media persons that 12 houses, constructed violating CRZ norms on encroached government land, would be demolished through the drive in the first phase.
The district administration has already identified about 120 illegal constructions on the coast, including 15 palatial houses in Ullal and Someshwar. Other structures were small houses belong to fishermen and poor people, Ponnuraj said adding that such houses would be removed only after providing alternative facilities for their rehabilitation.

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