Govt land worth Rs 500 crore reclaimed in B'luru South taluk

Eviction drive carried out at Jaraganahalli, Byrasandra

Govt land worth Rs 500 crore reclaimed in B'luru South taluk
In a major eviction drive, the Bengaluru Urban district authorities on Tuesday reclaimed eight acres of government land at prime locations of Jaraganahalli near JP Nagar and Byrasandra near Jayanagar in Bengaluru South Taluk.

The value of the recovered property is said to be Rs 500 crore. A few real estate heavyweights were among the encroachers, who have built an apartment and a temple on the government land, said the district authorities.

A team of Revenue officials, led by Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner V Shankar, along with demolition squad and earthmovers swooped down to the aforementioned locations at 6 am.

 At Byrasandra in Jayanagar, the authorities reclaimed five acres and 38 guntas of land, which has trees, a burial ground, a temple and a park. While the temple has been handed over to the Endowment department, rest of the land has been taken back by the district authorities.

V Sharada and Manjunath claimed that three acres and 13 guntas of land in survey numbers 90/1 and 90/2 of Byrasandra village was granted to them as 'Inam' land. Sharada further added that the property belonged to her husband Venkatesh who has Occupancy Certificate for the same in his name, obtained way back in 1979.

Another woman, Lakshmamma had claimed rights over five acres and 38 guntas of land in survey numbers 88, 89/5 and 89/6. The assistant commissioner had examined the claim. It found that way back in 1951, the City Improvement Trust Board (CITB) had acquired five acres and 38 guntas of land.

Hence, the claimant has no rights over the property, the court had decreed. Challenging the order, Lakshmamma had knocked on the doors of High Court, which had referred the matter back to the assistant commissioner to look into the case afresh.

In the order, dated Jan 21, 2016,  Assistant Commissioner L C Nagaraj had noted that the land in question exists as a burial ground in the revenue records. Hence, the claim cannot be sustained.

The Revenue authorities took possession of two acres and 25 guntas of kharaab land in survey number 35 of Jaraganahalli. Many shanties had come up there. When the action began, the occupants of an apartment close to the land objected to it, saying that the property belonged to a developer and that he has all the documents of the land with him. They said that the land has been reserved for setting up of sewage treatment plant.
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