A total of 165 site owners in the Banashankari 6th Stage (Further Extension), 4th T Block, have no idea when they will be able to build houses on the plots allotted to them by the BDA back in 2004. The original land owners have approached the courts against the BDA’s land acquisition after the allotment. Not even being parties to this case, the 165 site owners are left with no option but to keep requesting the BDA to do its best every time the case comes up for hearing. The case has now entered the 13th year.
The last hearing of the case was in October 2016 after which it was adjourned to be listed on a day in February 2017. The BDA allotted the sites in 2004 and gave possession in 2007. It was when the site owners tried to construct houses that they realised that the BDA was in a legal fight with the original land owners. The land owners had filed a case in 2004 itself which they had lost. In 2006, they had filed an appeal which is still pending in the High Court. The original land owners are contending that it is agricultural land. But the nature of the land is changed, with the BDA having developed a layout on it.
As has become the ritual for the last 10 years, the land site owners have once again written to the BDA before the case comes up for one more hearing, requesting the authority to save their sites. Their latest missive says, “We would like to mention that many of the allottees have attained senior citizenship or approaching senior citizenship. A few of the allottees have expired and their children are having possession of the site. We are eagerly waiting from the last decade to build homes out of our life savings.”
The site owners have pinned their hopes that the BDA will win the case again. “We humbly request you to use your good offices to ensure that BDA puts in all its sincere efforts to pursue the case on faster note in the High Court so that the case is settled at the earliest possible date and bring justice to genuine allottees,” they have requested the BDA.
Credits Bangalore Mirror