BANGALORE: The Joint Committee of Legislature on Land Encroachment in Bangalore City/Urban District headed by A.T. Ramaswamy on Thursday tabled its second interim report, which runs to 130 pages, in the Legislative Assembly detecting encroachment of about 30,000 acres of land belonging to different departments and statutory bodies in the district.

The Joint Legislature Committee on encroachments in Bangalore Urban district, in its interim report (part two), has recommended “certain basic and long lasting” measures, including criminal prosecution of land grabbers, persons who abet such activities and the officials concerned who connived with them, for preventing encroachments in future.

The report was tabled in the Legislative Council on Thursday by the committee member “Mukhyamantri” Chandru, and by its chairman A.T. Ramaswamy in the Legislative Assembly.

It has recommended prosecution of offenders under the existing provisions of the IPC, the recently amended Land Revenue Act, and the “Goonda Act”.

There were some reported instances of “daylight murders” of people related to real estate business in Bangalore city in March 2007.

In the light of the expansion of the area of BBMP from 250 sq km to 790 sq km encompassing seven city municipal councils and a town municipal council, the land grabbing activities were bound to increase manifold.

Therefore, it was necessary to find “basic solutions” to regulate “this menace” effectively, the committee said.

Referring to its first interim report, the committee said: “The administrative machinery has utterly failed to take action against the land grabbers and their official abettors and promoters.”

It has made recommendations in respect of some of the “glaring cases of land grabbing” such as the encroachment of 180 acres in B.M. Kaval village in Bangalore south taluk by a leading business family; 11.5 acres of tank bed in Pattandur Agrahara in Bangalore East taluk by creating bogus records; 1,099 acres of forest, 313 acres of tank bed, 767 acres in Bannerraghatta National Park; lands belonging to Dharamrayaswamy and other temples; valuable property in Chamarajapet donated to Endowment Department through a will but handed over to land grabbers by the BBMP officials; illegal possession of public roads by Purvankara Builders in connivance with the BBMP  and Registration Department officials; and the activities of societies such as the Judicial Employees Housing Cooperative Society and Shanthinagara House Building Cooperative Society.

Biggest loser.

Mr. Ramaswamy said the Revenue Department was a major victim of encroachment and 25,713 people encroached 21,706 acres.

The second was the Bangalore Development Authority. Nearly 2,878 acres of valuable land in and around Bangalore was encroached by 4,595 people. The Forest Department was the third biggest to lose land — 2,179 acres to 2,231 people. The value of the land encroached has not been provided in the report.

The other departments, whose lands were encroached were (acres and encroachers respectively are given in brackets): Wakfs Board: (263 and 97), Cooperation Department: (86 and two), Animal Husbandry Department: (48 and 248), Endowment Department: (61 and 199), Karnataka Housing Board: (34 and 302), Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board: (32 and 601), Karnataka Slum Clearance Board: (12 and 202), town municipal councils and city municipal councils: (eight and not available), Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike: (13 and 124), National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences: (three and one) and Bangalore University: (13 and 50).

Besides these encroachments, the committee had detected government lands of various categories which were encroached upon such as those resumed under the Inam Abolition Act, the Urban Ceiling Regulation Act and Sections 79A and 79B of the Land Reforms Act.

This accounted for 12,012 acres.

The report said that the committee would prepare department-wise reports showing names, addresses and extent of encroachment by them.

Source: The Hindu 

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