Encroached part of Belekere Lake recovered from school

Encroached part of Belekere Lake recovered from school

Continuing their crackdown against land grabbers, the district authorities have taken possession of four acre of Belekere Lake, on which Royal Concord International School had come up.

The 37-acre lake is located in survey number 85 of Belekere village in KR Puram, Bengaluru East taluk and is in the custody of Forest department. 

At least 14 acres have been encroached upon and the Bangalore Development Authority has formed a layout on seven acre. 

About 10 years ago, the International School had taken up development of the lake, but, in turn, allegedly encroached upon it.  The school belongs to former MLA L R Shivarame Gowda, sources in the district administration sources said.  The school was using the grabbed portion as playground. 

The lease period of the lake land had expired four months ago, following which Tahsildar Harish Naik sent a notice to the school administration. The school authorities had agreed to hand over the lake land but did not keep the promise. 

The encroachment was cleared amid vehement protest by school authorities. The district authorities razed the compound wall, sheds and other structures. 

‘Land worth Rs 75 crore’

Tahsildar Naik said the value of recovered property is estimated at Rs 75 crore. The district authorities have written a letter to the State government to clear the encroachment by BDA.

Shivarame Gowda, however, flatly denied encroachment of lake, stating he had sought 10 years’ lease to develop the lake, which he claimed he did. 

He said he had written to the district authorities to take the land back to their custody.

It may be recalled that the Upa Lokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi too has been pressing the district authorities to clear encroachment. He had sought details of lakes in City, extent of encroachment and other details. 

A majority of the encroachemnt clearance drives had been taken up on the directions of the Upa Lokayukta, sources said.

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