Revenue authorities demolish model flat on 'encroached' land

The Bengaluru East tahsildar on Monday demolished the compound wall and a model flat of Puravankara Builders at Benniganahalli stating that they encroached upon the old village road that connected Nagavarapalya and Kaggadasapura through Benniganahalli.

The total extent of land recovered was six guntas in survey number 125, 126 and 127 of the Benniganahalli. A press release by the Bengaluru East taluk office stated that the total extent of the old pedestrian road is half-a-kilometre, spread over 20 guntas, of which six gunta was encroached upon.

Tahsildar Harish Naik said people in the area had been complaining about the encroachment and had given several representations to the various authorities. Among the complainants was Muneshwara Trust, a social and religious trust, which pursued the matter. Due to the encroachment, villagers had to take a long route to reach the other end of the village.

Jagannath, a resident, complained that he had made several representations to the local MLA and other leaders but to no avail.

In a press release, a Puravankara executive refuted the charges that the firm has encroached upon any government land. “Our project has all the required sanctions including plan sanctions from both the BDA and the BBMP. We are surprised by the turn of events, as we have not been served any order by the concerned jurisdictional revenue authorities. We will be seeking the appropriate legal recourse,” the press release read.

DH News Service

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