HC notice to landowners on BDA plea

HC notice to landowners on BDA plea

The High Court on Monday ordered that notices be issued to landowners whose land the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) acquired for forming the Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout.

Hearing an appeal by the BDA against a single-judge order to quash the process to acquire over 4,000 acres of land, a division bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice Ashok B Hinchigeri ordered notice to landowners as well as the State government.

During the hearing, the BDA submitted that the order by the single judge will cause severe losses to it as it has already invested more than Rs 500 crore in forming the layout.

Justice Anand Byra Reddy, on July 11, 2014, had quashed the acquisition process of over 4000 acres of land.

Quashing the acquisition of 4,043 acres of land for the layout, Justice Reddy had observed, “In the absence of an approval for the final scheme, the BDA could not have authorised such a massive acquisition.”

Panel for BMRCL workers

The High Court of Karnataka on Monday directed the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) to constitute a committee to ensure better living conditions for its construction workers.

 A division bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice Ashok B Hinchigeri disposed of a petition by Samuel Satyasheelam, seeking to improve the living conditions of the BMRCL workers, after the petitioners and the respondents made a joint submission to constitute a committee to monitor the living conditions of the workers.

Accordingly, the committee will include Union deputy chief labour commissioner, State labour commissioner or any person nominated by him, BMRCL Chief Engineer, representatives of contractors, subcontractors and the workers. The committee will monitor the conditions till the BMRCL project is completed.

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