Resort land reclaimed

The Bengaluru Urban district authorities on Saturday took ownership of the Grand Shakthi Hill Resorts where temple-cum-resorts were built illegally on government land at Rajarajeshwarinagar in the City.

The authorities initiated the process of handing over the entire area to the Endowment Department since a magnificent temple has been built on the hillock. Other structures on the hillock are 15 luxury rooms on the scale of a five-star hotel, a huge dining hall and a swimming pool.

The anti-encroachment drive started early in the morning when the officials of Revenue, Endowment (Muzrai) and Police department reached the spot and took the entire property into their custody. The officials were led by the Deputy Commissioner of the Bengaluru Urban district V Shankar and Superintendent of Police of Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force D Devaraj.

The Assistant Commissioner of Bengaluru Urban district, L C Nagaraj, said that the government land in survey number 8 of Vaddarapalya is spread across 31 acre and 25 gunta. The owner of the resort has claimed that he was granted 10 acre and 22 gunta, which is being investigated as prima facie the claim seems to be baseless. At least four acre of the land is vacant, while the actual encroachment is eight acre and 30 gunta.

The district authorities also took possession of 18 acre of land in Hosakerehalli of Uttarahalli hobli on Saturday, besides carrying out an extensive anti-encroachment drive in Bengaluru North taluk.

Representation

Film actor and Vishnuvardhan’s wife Bharathi called on Deputy Commissioner V Shankar and urged him not to disturb the existing Vishnuvardhan memorial near the BGS Hospital on Uttarahalli and Kengeri main road, taking into account the contribution of the actor to Kannada cinema.

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