Govt land worth Rs 300 cr reclaimed

Govt land worth  Rs 300 cr reclaimed

In a major drive against encroachers, the Bangalore urban district administration on Wednesday recovered vast expanses of illegally occupied government land worth about Rs 300 crore near Varthur and Anekal. The land was illegally occupied upon by various individuals and organisations.

A team led by Bangalore Urban Deputy Commissioner V Shankar, reclaimed 24 acres and 33 guntas of land at Junsandra lake bed in Varthur hobli (Bangalore East taluk) and 37 acres of gomala (cattle-grazing) land at Mahalingapur, off Jigani Industrial Area in Anekal taluk .

Official sources said that some people, including the KPCL Housing Society had encroached upon the Junsandra lake. The land sharks claimed that the government land belonged to them and created fake documents to prove the same.

H V Venkatappa Reddy, Krishnamurthy, Nagaraja Reddy, Kodandarama Reddy and their sons created fake documents to show that they had purchased the land wayback in 1932.

From 1932 to 1990, the lake bed area was in their possession and in 1990, the Land Disputes Tribunal granted ownership of the said land to them.

The district administration questioned the tribunal’s order in court and in 2007, the court ruled in favour of the district administration. In 2012, the district administration transferred the land to the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). However, the BDA had left the land untouched, sources said.

“This is one of the biggest land encroachment case in Bangalore urban district and the value of the recovered property is said to be around Rs 200 crore. The reclaimed property is now being fenced,” Bangalore East taluk tahasildhar Dr B R Harish Nayak told Deccan Herald.

The other case

In Mahalingapur, 438 acres is situated in survey number 47. Of this, 110 acres has been sanctioned to the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. The encroachment came to light when officials went to the spot to survey and fix the boundary of the property.

Eight people had created fake documents and even sold a portion of the land. The district administration has now recovered 37 acres, estimated to be worth Rs 100 crore, the sources said.

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