Six former MLAs allotted sites in defunct layout

Reallocation to the beneficiaries the same land at 1987 rates

Between 1987-89, the BDA had proposed the formation of a massive Layout in Koramangala for ordinary citizens and also the people’s representatives. In this layout, the BDA had earmarked survey number 26/1, 22/11 and 22/12 in specific for a seperate colony for the MLAs. This area was known as the MLA Layout.

But trouble erupted once the BDA acquired eight acres and 21 guntas for the layout from Hanumaiah, the original property owner. Hanumaiah subsequently filed a petition in 1989 seeking the land back as some of his ancestors were cremated in the area.

BDA’s 59 land allottees were left in the lurch following the legal wrangle that ensued. The uncertainty continued till July 2001, when the High Court division bench Justice M F Saldhana and Justice K R Prasada Rao directed BDA to allot alternative sites to the allottees under the Kormangala Layout and the MLA Layout within four months.

Most of its beneficiaries took up alternate sites effectivley ending the formation of the MLA Layout. Twenty-six of the allottees were allocated land in various parts of the City. The BDA challenged the order in the Supreme Court while at the same time allotting alternate sites to 26 MLAs in the City as per the High Court ruling.

With the Supreme Court ruling in the BDA’s favour, the Authority effectively got a window of opportunity to re-allocate the beneficiaries of the MLA Layout the same land at the 1987 rates!

Documents available with Deccan Herald show that in November 2009, the BDA has allotted or transferred sites and executed sale deeds to six people in Kormanagala Layout on an individual basis.  

BDA sources state that the MLA Layout has effectively been dismantled and does not exist anymore. “All the six sites were allocated on an individual basis with the rest opting to take an alternative site elsewhere in the City,” confirmed a BDA official.

Meanwhile, a separate interim order was passed by the High Court on April 20 2010 which considered a petition filed by the Citizens Action Group and directed the BDA to not allot any further sites to individuals until a final judgement was passed by the judiciary. But the question remains, how were the six names under the defunct MLA Layout allottees list given the same sites?  

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