Govt land worth Rs 1,600 crore reclaimed

Govt land worth Rs 1,600 crore reclaimed

In a major anti-encroachment drive, the Bengaluru Urban district authorities on Saturday recovered close to 160 acres of land, which they claimed were worth Rs 1,161 crore.

The biggest operation took place in the Bengaluru South sub-division where a multinational food chain had allegedly encroached upon 18 guntas, which is close to half an acre, of the Hulimavu lake. The lake on 124 acres is shrinking as the Bangalore Development Authority, too, has formed a layout on eight acres of land. Some people have filled a large portion of the tank and have set up a garage, sand stand, etc.

At Haralukunte village of Begur hobli, the district authorities took possession of 12 acres and 31 guntas of land in survey number 69 from encroachers. Another 15 acres and 11 guntas of land in survey number 31 of Elukunte village were freed from encroachment by 46 people.

The encroachers had claimed rights over the land and produced various court decrees before Assistant Commissioner L C Nagaraj, who rejected them and finally took physical possession of the land.

The district officials also recovered government land in Kurubarahalli and Ajjanahalli in Tavarekere, Gonipura in Kengeri Hobli, Bettanagere in Dasanarapura Hobli of Bengaluru North taluk, Marasandra village in Hesaraghatta Hobli of Bengaluru North (additional) taluk, Kammasandra village of Bidarahalli Hobli, Hirandahalli village, Varthur village and Kachamaranahalli villages of Bengaluru East taluk. At least 65 acres of land was recovered in Anekal taluk, claimed the district officials.