The State government violated the guidelines set by the High Court in denotifying developed land, including residential sites allotted to applicants and roads meant to be part of the proposed Arkavathy Layout, Leader of Opposition Jagadish Shettar alleged in the Legislative Assembly on Friday.
A division bench of the High Court had laid down guidelines for dropping any land from acquisition for the Arkavathy Layout. Green belt land, residential buildings, factories, charitable institutions and nurseries were included in the guidelines.
But officials of the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) played mischief and identified land for denotification at places like Rachenahalli, Jakkur and other areas though they were not as per the guidelines, Shettar claimed in his submission on denotification.
A case in point is the denotification of 15 parcels of land identified as nurseries, even though none was registered as such.
Even land where residential sites have been formed and allotted to applicants have been denotified and given back to the original land owners. The allottees are left in the lurch, Shettar pointed out.
The court had clearly stated that land in Arkavathy Layout should be denotified based on its status as on 2003. But BDA officials considered 2012 status while recommending denotification, the BJP leader said, suggesting that it was a clear violation of the court’s guidelines.
The government should have verified whether the BDA’s recommendation was as per the court guidelines before deciding on denotification, he said.
“Officials in the Urban Development Department also objected to the recommendation on denotification of 541 acres of land. Instead of rejecting it, the chief minister has denotified the land. It is a massive scam in which huge amount of money has changed hands. Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa was blamed for denotifying some 10 acres of land, but Siddaramaiah denotified huge track of lands in one go,” Shettar alleged.
‘Touts took advantage’
The BJP’s Yelahanka legislator, S R Vishwanath, claimed that touts and middlemen had taken advantage of the court orders by getting valuable land denotified from the government.
Giving an example, he said farmers in survey numbers of 90, 90/1, 90/2 and 89/1 gave away their lands for forming a residential layout.
But touts took the General Power of Attorney (GPA) from them and later got the land denotified.
Shettar also alleged that the then Congress government headed by S M Krishna had denotified over 1,000 acres of land meant for the layout at the time of issuing the final notification in 2004.