Palike reclaims encroached land at 2 lakes

Palike reclaims encroached land at 2 lakes

In the wake of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ruling on buffer zones around lakes, construction was stopped at Kundalahalli lake on Saturday. Also encroached land around Kundalahalli Lake and Bellandur lake was reclaimed by the BBMP.

About one acre of land, worth Rs 15 crore, at Kundalahalli lake and 12 acres of land at Bellandur lake near Yemalur were recovered during the demolition drive. Harish Nayak, tahsildar of East taluk, headed  the encroachment drive along with BBMP officials.

“About 35 guntas of land around Kundalahalli lake was illegally occupied and on this basis, we undertook demolition of the structures.  We demolished three to four compounds and cleared a sewage treatment plant illegally constructed by Divyashree Builders, SVK Tech Park, Kalyani Tech Park and Ascends company.

They had illegally built compounds on the lake bed. The lake has been handed over to BBMP for beautification, that will include fencing also,” he said.

At Bellandur lake, most of the encroachments were made by farmers and agricultural lands worth more than Rs 5 crore have been recovered, Nayak said. According to Palike officials, the lake belongs to Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and has been handed over to them already.

A notice has been issued to the builder at an under-construction site at Kundalahalli lake by the BBMP officials.

“A lot of sewage enters the lake and we are happy about the move undertaken to reclaim Kundalahalli lake. But it is important to protect the lake. The authorities should make sure it is developed and no vehicular movement is allowed in or around the lake,” said Arvind Keerthi, an urban environmentalist. 

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