786 cases disposed of at two-day BDA Lok Adalat

786 cases disposed of at  two-day BDA Lok Adalat

As many as 786 cases have been disposed of at the two-day Lok Adalat of the Bangalore Development Authority which concluded on Thursday.

A serpentine queue was seen at the BDA office as early as 8.30 am, though the Adalat was scheduled to to begin at 10 am. Many skipped their lunch since they did not want to forego their turn in the queue. The BDA officials had a tough time managing the rush.

High Court judges who heard the cases during the two-day Lok Adalat said that the number of cases on the second day was more than that on the first day. This was because of the spill over from the first day.

Like the first day, a majority of the cases were related to Arkavathy Layout. There were also a few cases pertaining to Shivaram Karanth Layout. The complainants at the Adalat wanted to know about allotment of sites, transfer of khata, property tax and lease agreement, judges said.

Sixty-six-year-old R Rama Murthy owned a site in Third Block Jakkur. He was allotted an alterative site in 15th Block under the “redo” category.

“I do not want to lose the site allotted to me earlier. The new one is being forced on me. The area where the new site is located is bereft of any development. I cannot even locate the site there. I had paid tax for the previous site for eight years,” Murthy said. He said that his doubt was whether the lease agreement period with the BDA would start afresh for the new site. Sridhar had a site in Arkavathy First Block and was allotted another in the same block.

“I was told that I was allotted a new site since the landloser wanted the earlier one. Though my question why the landloser cannot be allotted the new site was not answered, I was issued the possession certificate and allotment letter in respect of the new site. I am happy that I have a site after eight years,” Sridhar said.

A better manner

Though most of the queries were not answered, people were satisfied that they had a site and papers. They pointed that instead of running for years to courts and BDA offices, the Lok Adalat was a better way of addressing redressing grievances. BDA Commissioner T Sham Bhatt told Deccan Herald that it had been decided to conduct Lok Adalats once in three months.

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