Land sharks 'gobble up' 14 acre of Kalkere Lake

Land sharks 'gobble up'  14 acre of Kalkere Lake

Thanks to active connivance of revenue officers of Bangalore Urban district, land sharks got close to 14 acre of Kalkere Lake bifurcated with new survey numbers. Further, layouts were formed and sites sold to individuals.

The lake in Sy No 45 of Bangalore East Taluk as shown in government records, is spread over 73 acre and 11 guntas. It came under Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike limits after the State government decided to increase the boundary of Bangalore Municipal Corporation limits. Kalkere was among 110 villages which came into Palike’s limits.

The government had decided in 2007 to hand over the lake to BBMP to give a facelift. The copy of the order reached the Palike only on March 28, 2008. According to Palike officers, there was at least 14 acre outside the water body but it was part of the lake land. The instruction was to develop a beautiful park on the lake land outside the water body. But when engineers went to survey the land and take possession, they got a rude shock.

Revenue officers assisted land grabbers bifurcate five acre and 34 guntas of land and three separate survey numbers were given. Survey No 487 comprised one acre 29 guntas, sy No 588 had three acre and 17 guntas and sy No 589 acre had 28 guntas. The new RTC mutation showed land belonging to a person by name Siddappa. It also came to light that a portion of sy No 58 in Byrathi Village is also part of Kalkere Lake, which is in the west side. Of the land in sy No 58, six acre and 34 guntas have been encroached upon where a layout has come up. Revenue records show that the land was sold to Chikka Aneppa way back in 1941 and 1942.

Doubtful about the authenticity of records, BBMP engineers wrote several letters for joint survey as well as verification of records but to no avail. A senior Palike engineer said “the first letter was written on July 1, 2009 and since then at least ten letters have been written to the tahsildar, assistant commissioner and deputy commissioner of Bangalore Urban District but to no avail. In the absence of proper survey, we are unable to carry out any development of the lake. If no action is taken now, the remaining lake would also vanish.”

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