Delay in BBMP survey hits BMTF probe into land grab cases

Delay in BBMP survey hits BMTF probe into land grab cases

The revenue department's slow pace has affected probe into some prominent land grabbing cases in City including Millers Bund and Sampangiramanagar land grab case, Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) Additional Director General of Police R P Sharma said.

Briefing reporters, Sharma said land documents pertaining to Millers Tank Bund show that it was kharaab land, belonging to State government.

Following complaints, BMTF took up investigation into it.

“We have asked the survey and settlement department and revenue officials to do a survey and submit a report. So far it has not been done.”

Revenue officers have cited election duty as reason for not conducting the survey.
A similar case is with burial ground encroachment in Sampangiramanagar Ward, near BBMP head office. Corporator M Gopi has lodged a complaint with BMTF.

Some old documents were provided by revenue officials but it has become difficult for BMTF to decipher because of usage of Devanagari script.

The revenue department too expressed its helplessness to assist the task force officials to translate the documents into Kannada.

Sharma said BMTF has asked them to speed up the survey but if the delay continues, some 'coercive' measure can be taken.

Regarding lake encroachment, he said 22 cases of lake encroachment had come before the task force in which stay has been granted in 11 cases while investigation is underway in the remaining.

The Lake Development Authority (LDA) was asked to provide details of all lakes in City, but the officers had not provided them anything so far.  “They should have details about all the lakes in Bangalore,” he said.

The task force has succeeded in recovering government properties worth Rs 160 crore in the last two-and-a-half years.