Bulldozers return in Bengaluru

BENGALURU: The bulldozers have returned. On Saturday , about 40 shops and many properties were demolished in Hosakerehalli, Tavarekere and Kengeri in west Bengaluru in the second round of the demolition drive by BBMP and Bengaluru Urban authorities.

Bengaluru Urban deputy commissioner V Shankar and other officers cleared encroachments on government land valued at about Rs 900 crore. Spread over 7 acres in the three areas, many were provision stores, stationery and mattress shops. All owners were given notice twice in the past few days, but they did not leave, the officers said.

The BBMP said the operation will continue in the same areas on Sunday. The Manjunatheswara, Ganapathi and Subramanya temples on encroached land, as per maps with the Bengaluru Urban DC, will be handed over to the muzrai department.

The BBMP is ready with a plan to demolish another 900 odd encroachments over the next two months.

BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said: “The plan is clear and ready. We have done the surveys and even published the list of 35 areas and over 900 properties that have encroached upon storm water drains or lakebeds. As per the CM’s order, we are also working on a list of poor people who have been evicted, or are going to be evicted in the near future, to compensate them.” The owners said their homes and workplaces for three decades were reduced to rubble as the bulldozers swung into action.The BBMP operation will continue on Sunday.

Authorities had identified encroachments and illegal constructions in 1 acre and 20 guntas near Hosakerehalli lake, about 8 acres of grazing grounds in Tavarekere hobli, and about 2 acres and 26 guntas in Kanminike village in Kengerihobli.

Credits ET Realty

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