BDA move to evict residents opposed

People residing in and around Madanayakanahalli, off Arkavathi valley on Tumkur Road staged a protest on Wednesday alleging that the Bangalore Development Authority was forcibly evicting them, saying they are unauthorised dwellers.

The protest was led by JD(S) MLC E Krishnappa. Explaining the reason for the agitation, president of Arkavathi Kalave Villages Welfare Association, A V Venugopal, said: “We are against the orders issued by the BDA that the dwellers here are unauthorised and have to vacate the area. We are not polluting the water; it is polluted by the civic agencies. We have been staying here for years. We have submitted a memorandum to the BDA.”

Adding to this, Krishnappa said the BDA officials are not visiting the site but they are sending orders through post to clear the area. He alleged that the BDA has threatened to cut the electricity and water supply connections, if the unauthorised dwellers did not move out. The people have been living here for more than five decades and presently around a lakh people reside near the valley.

Reacting to the protest, BDA Commissioner T Sham Bhat said: “We are following the orders of the High Court of Karnataka. The court has ordered us to clear all non-agricultural activities taking place in TG Halli catchment area, in Zone- 3. We have heard their pleas and will submit it to the government. They will in turn submit it to the court to take a decision.” 

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