Karnataka government land ‘seized’ by gated community, private swimming pool reclaimed

District authorities have started reclaiming 3.23 acres of government land worth around Rs 3.9 crore on the outskirts of the city.

The land includes a public road that has been blocked off by a gated community for the exclusive use of its residents.

Officials led by Anekal Tahsildar Dinesh P clear encroachments of a lake, storm drain and kharab land in Attibele, Bommasandra, Sarjapur, Tindlu, Muttanalluru, Halehalli and Marasuru Madiwala, all on the southern outskirts of the city. Kharab land is all open government land that cannot be used for cultivation.

The campaign against the encroachments was launched on the orders of the Deputy Urban Commissioner of Bengaluru, J Manjunath, officials said.

In survey number 28 in Marasuru Madiwala, officials found 24 guntas of government land encroached by a private developer, Vakeel Developers. While authorities managed to reclaim 16 guntas from a public road that had been turned into residential sites, the remaining land could not be reclaimed for legal reasons, officials said.

Another 19 guntas in survey numbers 29, 30, 32 were also encroached, officials said, citing documents.

In Inquiry Number 27, officials said they found large apartment complexes had fallen on government land. Before the land could be reclaimed, the owners obtained a stay order from the court. Interestingly, the removal of survey number 27 encroachments was not part of the action plan which had focused on the adjacent survey number 28. But the removal of encroachments from that investigation number was also halted as per the court order, officials said.

Dinesh, the tahsildar, said the relevant documents would be presented to the court at the next hearing, scheduled for January 24. “The orders of the court will be obeyed,” he added.

Pool and road

At Hennagara Rajapura, near Jjigani, a storm drain has been cleared of encroachment. A private developer had built a swimming pool on government land while an old village road was blocked off to build a private residential development. Both have been deleted.

Officials said a security guard at the site tried to pass the pool off as an agricultural pond, but they removed the gate to clear the encroachment.

Encroachments on two acres in survey number 67 at Halehalli and two guntas in survey number 93 at Guddahalli have been removed to save lake land.

Similarly, three guntas were recovered from Bommasandra, Attibele hobli, and 10 guntas from Tindlu and Chikkadunnasandra, Sarjapur hobli, officials said.

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